US Pat. No. 10,190,761

ADAPTERS FOR EXISTING LIGHT FIXTURES

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A retrofitted light fixture, comprising:a coupling feature of a power source that delivers primary power;
at least one light fixture component of an existing light fixture, wherein the at least one light fixture component comprises a power supply, wherein the at least one light fixture component, as part of the existing light fixture, was directly coupled to the power source; and
an adapter coupled to the coupling feature of the power source and the power supply of the at least one light fixture component, wherein the adapter comprises a controller and a communication module, wherein the adapter receives the primary power from the coupling feature of the power source, wherein the controller delivers power to the power supply of the at least one light fixture component based on instructions, wherein the communication module allows the controller to communicate with an external component that is external to the retrofitted light fixture,
wherein the existing light fixture, without the adapter, continues to operate but is unable to communicate with the external component.

US Pat. No. 10,190,760

LED LIGHT FIXTURE FOR USE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES

CLEAR-VU LIGHTING LLC, C...

1. An LED fight fixture for use in a public transportation facility having a high voltage power source having a voltage of 450 to 1000 Volts and at least a first standard voltage power source having a voltage of 110 to 277 Volts; the LED light fixture comprising:a plurality of LEDs;
an LED power supply having at least first and second power inputs;
the first power input adapted to be connected to the first standard voltage power source and the second power input adapted to be connected to the high voltage power source; and
a battery backup system connected to one of the plurality of LEDs and the LED power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,190,757

LED LIGHTING METHODS AND APPARATUS

WANGS ALLIANCE CORPORATIO...

1. An LED light fixture comprising:an upper fixture main body;
an LED light source secured in the upper fixture main body;
a lower fixture main body including support arms between which said upper fixture main body is mounted by pivots;
a first tilt position stop for holding said upper fixture main body at one of a plurality of user selectable tilt positions;
wherein said lower fixture main body includes a housing with a hollow cavity in which said upper fixture main body is tiltably mounted;
wherein a lower portion of said upper fixture main body extends into said hollow cavity of said lower fixture main body housing, said hollow cavity including room to allow said upper fixture main body to tilt; and
a waterproof housing in which said upper fixture main body, said LED light source, said lower fixture main body and said first tilt position stop are sealed after said upper fixture main body is set to one of the user selectable tilt positions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,756

FLEXIBLE SIGNALING DEVICE HAVING RUBBERLIKE ELONGATE DIFFUSER

9609385 CANADA INC., Bea...

1. A flexible signalling device comprising:a housing manufactured from a rigid material and comprising a flat bottom;
an electronic circuit positioned within said housing and comprising at least one LED arranged along a light emitting edge of said housing, a battery and a user actuatable switch for selectively energizing said at least one LED;
a lens covering said at least one LED; and
a solid elongate light diffuser manufactured from a non-opaque flexible rubberlike material comprising a flat bottom;
wherein said housing and said light diffuser combine to form a unitary elongate quasi-ellipsoid when viewed from above and further wherein said at least one LED is arranged to emit light through said lens and into said diffuser along a length thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,755

LED BOARD RETENTION

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A retention member for securing a light emitting diode (LED) board to a substrate, wherein the LED board comprises a width and at least one row of LEDs, and wherein the retention member comprises a width greater than the width of the LED board and:a. a retention member body configured to extend across the width of the LED board between LEDs within the at least one row of LEDs, wherein the retention member body comprises a recess formed on an underside of the retention member body configured to receive the LED board;
b. a first retention wing integral with the retention member body and comprising a first protrusion configured to engage a first aperture defined by the substrate; and
c. a second retention wing integral with the retention member body and comprising a second protrusion configured to engage a second aperture defined by the substrates wherein:
at least a portion of a bottom surface of each of the first retention wing and the second retention wing is positioned against a top surface of the substrate;
each of the first protrusion and the second protrusion is configured to extend through a respective one of the first aperture and the second aperture such that each protrusion contacts a bottom surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,752

LUMINAIRE MOUNTING SYSTEM

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A luminaire comprising:a frame that is configured to house a light source in a cavity defined by the frame;
wherein a rear end of the frame comprises:
an extension that is integrally formed with the frame and comprising a wire receiving aperture defined by a protrusion formed in the extension, the protrusion comprising two side walls extending on two sides of the wire receiving aperture and a top wall disposed between the two side walls and extending above the wire receiving aperture, and
wherein the extension is configured to secure the frame to a bracket-side connector of:
(a) a first bracket when the frame is mounted to a first mounting surface,
(b) a second bracket when the frame is mounted to a second mounting surface, and
(c) a third bracket when the frame is mounted to a third mounting surface, and
wherein the first mounting surface, the second mounting surface, and the third mounting surface are different from each other; and
wherein the protrusion is sized to seat in a corresponding groove defined by the bracket-side connector of: (a) the first bracket when the frame is mounted to the first mounting surface, (b) the second bracket when the frame is mounted to the second mounting surface, and (c) the third bracket when the frame is mounted to the third mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,750

TROFFER LUMINAIRE WITH AN ARCHED LENS

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A troffer luminaire comprising:an upper housing;
a door hinged to a side of the upper housing and defining an opening of the troffer luminaire, wherein the door comprises:
a first end plate and a second end plate disposed opposite to the first end plate;
a first reflector disposed between the first end plate and the second end plate, the first reflector comprising a first flange;
a second reflector disposed between the first end plate and the second end plate, the second reflector comprising a second flange; and
a flexible lens that is bound by a first edge, a second edge that is opposite to the first edge, a third edge that is disposed between a first end of the first edge and a first end of the second edge, and a fourth edge that is opposite to the third edge and disposed between a second end of the first edge and a second end of the second edge,
wherein the flexible lens is disposed between the first flange and the second flange of the door such that the first edge of the flexible lens engages the first flange, the second edge of the flexible lens engages the second flange, the third edge is disposed adjacent the first end plate, and the fourth edge is disposed adjacent the second end plate,
the flexible lens having a width between the first edge and the second edge that requires the flexible lens to bend when disposed between the first flange and the second flange such that the third edge and the fourth edge of the flexible lens are curved when the flexible lens is disposed between the first flange and the second flange,
wherein when the flexible lens is disposed in the door, a first gap exists between the first end plate and the third edge of the flexible lens and a second gap exists between the second end plate and the fourth edge of the flexible lens,
wherein the first end plate of the door comprises a first embossment that obstructs light from exiting the luminaire through the first gap and the second end plate of the door frame comprises a second embossment that obstructs the light from exiting the luminaire through the second gap,
wherein the first embossment and the second embossment protrude into the opening, and
wherein the first embossment and the second embossment are positioned such that when the flexible lens is disposed in the door, the first embossment and the second embossment are disposed above the flexible lens and follow a curve of the third edge and the fourth edge of the flexible lens, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,748

BACKLIGHT MODULE

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. A backlight module, comprising:a reflecting base;
a light source, disposed on the reflecting base;
at least one 3D optical control structure, disposed on the reflecting base and covering the light source, comprising a top portion and two sidewalls connected to the top portion, wherein the two sidewalls face the reflecting base obliquely and opposite to each other, and at least one of the sidewalls comprises a first through-hole; and
at least one illumination adjusting structure, adjacent to the sidewall having the first through-hole, wherein an orthogonal projection of the first through-hole to the reflecting base is projecting at a first position, and a normal line of the sidewall passing through the first through-hole intersects the reflecting base is projecting at a second position;
wherein an illumination adjusting section is between the first position and the second position, and the at least one illumination adjusting structure is disposed in the illumination adjusting section; wherein the illumination adjusting structure comprises a plurality of holes, a light-absorbing ink layer, a light-absorbing adhesive layer, a rough surface, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,746

OPTICAL LENS FOR BEAM SHAPING AND STEERING AND DEVICES USING THE OPTICAL LENS

ABL IP HOLDING LLC, Cony...

1. A lighting device comprising:a plurality of individually controllable illumination light sources configured to be driven by electrical power to emit light;
an optical lens positioned over the illumination light sources, the optical lens having a plurality of aspheric or spheric surfaces, including an input surface coupled to receive light from the illumination light sources and an output surface;
the input surface includes an input peripheral portion and an input central portion, wherein:
the input peripheral portion extends from the illumination light sources and curves from a region of the illumination light sources towards the input central portion, and
the input central portion curves towards the illumination light sources; and
the output surface includes an output lateral portion, an output shoulder portion, and an output body portion, wherein:
the output lateral portion extends away from the illumination light sources, curves away from the input peripheral portion, and intersects the output shoulder portion;
the output shoulder portion abuts the output body portion; and
the output body portion curves outwards from the illumination light sources and the output shoulder portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,744

VEHICULAR MARKER LAMP USING PLANAR LIGHT EMITTER

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicular marker lamp comprising:a planar light emitter; and
a lens coupled to the planar light emitter and including an incident portion formed on a surface facing the planar light emitter,
wherein a plurality of cross-sectionally triangular prisms are arranged in the incident portion in a state where vertexes of the triangular prisms face the planar light emitter, and
each of the prisms includes an incident surface formed on one surface and arranged along the incident portion to make a light from the planar light emitter incident on the incident surface, and a light-shielding portion formed on a surface opposite to the incident surface to shield incidence of the light from the planar light emitter, wherein the light-shielding portion is formed at a substantially right angle with respect to the planar light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,743

ILLUMINATION SYSTEMS FOR REFLECTIVE DISPLAYS

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. A display device comprising:a processing unit configured to separate stored image information for a multi-color image consisting of a chromatic component and an achromatic component and convert the chromatic component into a first set of image signals and the achromatic component into a second set of image signals;
a first controller configured to receive the first set of image signals;
a reflective display controlled by the first controller and configured iv to display the achromatic component of the multi-color image;
a second controller configured to receive the second set of image signals; and
a projector controlled by the second controller and configured to project an image consisting of the chromatic component onto the reflective display to render the multi-color image.

US Pat. No. 10,190,742

ILLUMINATING VEHICLE WINDOW ASSEMBLIES FOR PROVIDING AUXILIARY BRAKE LIGHTS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An illuminating vehicle window assembly, comprising:a glass panel;
a metallic layer secured to the glass panel; and
a light source for illuminating the glass panel to produce an auxiliary brake light within the glass panel,
wherein the metallic layer is configured to reflect light from the light source toward an exterior surface of the glass panel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,736

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING OFF-AXIS ILLUMINATION

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A lighting system comprising:one or more light emitting diodes;
a secondary optic that extends along a secondary reference plane; and
a primary optic disposed between the secondary optic and the light emitting diode, the primary optic comprising:
a base region that is adjacent to the secondary optic, that extends along a primary reference plane, and that comprises a rim;
a projection that projects from the base region away from the secondary optic and towards the light emitting diode, the projection comprising:
a cavity that extends into the projection, along an axis, and towards the base region, the cavity comprising:
an aperture that is sized to receive light from one or more light emitting diodes;
a bottom; and
a sidewall that extends circumferentially about the axis and that tapers down between the aperture and the bottom;
a convex surface that is disposed at the bottom of the cavity and that is oriented to condense a portion of the received light that is incident upon the convex surface; and
a total internally reflective surface that extends circumferentially with respect to the cavity, that is tapered, and that is oriented to totally internally reflect another portion of the received light that passes through the sidewall, so that the another portion of the received light is reflected towards the base region,
wherein the axis is slanted so as to form an acute angle with the primary reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,735

LED DRIVER CIRCUIT AND METHOD

AMTAI MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, ...

1. An LED driver circuit, comprising:a voltage converter electrically connected to a power supply and an LED string, wherein the voltage converter provides a fixed voltage to the LED string; and
a current-based light-adjusting unit electrically connected to the voltage converter, wherein the current-based light-adjusting unit controls the amplitude of a current flowing through the LED string, in an analog manner and based on a duty cycle of a pulse width modulation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,731

LAMPHOLDER AND LUMINAIRE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A lampholder, comprisinga recess comprising a base and sidewalls, the base having a first side and a second side, the side walls being extending from the first side in a direction away from the second side, and the second side being a luminous unit installing side; and
a reflecting flank, extending from ends of the sidewalls of the recess far away from the base and having a reflecting face facing the luminous unit installing side,
the base of the recess is provided with at least one installing hole configured for fixing the lampholder and at least one wiring hole configured for running through of a wire.

US Pat. No. 10,190,729

LED LAMP

ROHM CO., LTD., Kyoto (J...

1. An LED module comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface in a first direction;
an LED chip located on the first surface of the substrate; and
first and second terminals that are located on the second surface of the substrate,
wherein the first terminal has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the second terminal has a third side and a fourth side opposite to the third side in the second direction,
the second side of the first terminal has first and second projections that project to a side opposite to the second terminal side,
the fourth side of the second terminal has third and fourth projections that project to a side opposite to the first terminal side,
the first projection comprises a first projection surface facing the second projection, and a second projection surface opposite to the first projection surface,
the second projection comprises a third projection surface facing the first projection, and a fourth projection surface opposite to the third projection surface,
the second projection surface is parallel to the fourth projection surface,
the third projection comprises a fifth projection surface facing the fourth projection, and a sixth projection surface opposite to the fifth projection surface,
the fourth projection comprises a seventh projection surface facing the third projection, and an eighth projection surface opposite to the seventh projection surface,
the sixth projection surface is parallel to the eighth projection surface,
the first terminal includes: a first end edge located in the first side of the first terminal, the first end edge including a first end point and a second end point that are spaced apart from each other; a second end edge located in the second side of the first terminal; a fifth end edge connected to both the second end edge and the first end point of the first end edge; a sixth end edge connected to the second end point of the first end edge,
the second terminal includes: a third end edge located in the third side of the second terminal, the third end edge including a first end point and a second end point that are spaced apart from each other; a fourth end edge located in the fourth side of the second terminal; a seventh end edge connected to both the fourth end edge and the first end point of the third end edge; a eighth end edge connected to the second end point of the third end edge,
each of the first end edge, the second end edge, the third end edge, the fourth end edge, the fifth end edge, the sixth end edge, the seventh end edge, the eighth end edge, the first projection surface, the second projection surface, the third projection surface, the fourth projection surface, the fifth projection surface, the sixth projection surface, the seventh projection surface, and the eighth projection surface is located on the first surface of the substrate,
the first end edge of the first terminal is a continuous linear edge that extends continuously from the first end point of the first end edge to the second end point of the first end edge and that overlaps the first projection, the second projection, the third projection, and the fourth projection as viewed in the second direction, and
the third end edge of the second terminal is a continuous linear edge that extends continuously from the first end point of the third end edge to the second end point of the third end edge and that overlaps the first projection, the second projection, the third projection, and the fourth projection as viewed in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,726

CHECK VALVE

1. A valve for supplying fluid from a fluid source to a system, comprising:a housing having an axial conduit extending along a central axis from an inlet at one end for entry of fluid into the housing to an outlet at an opposite end for exit of fluid from the housing;
a check valve body disposed within the axial conduit of the valve housing; and
a fluid flow path through which fluid flows from the inlet through the check valve body to the outlet, wherein fluid is retained within a portion of the fluid flow path to prevent gas and debris from the outlet from entering the check valve body and wherein the fluid flow path includes a first spring biasing a first ball, a second ball, and a second spring between the first ball and the second ball and biasing the first ball and the second ball in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,723

INSULATING MOLDED PART AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

1. An insulating molded part, comprising:an upper part and a bottom part, the upper part and bottom part being respective portions of an injection molded or die-cast part;
wherein cavities in an interior of the injection molded or die-cast part are arranged as chambers separated from one another in an air-tight manner,
wherein the upper part and the bottom part are respectively formed in cuboid manners, and the upper part is offset in a diagonal direction in relation to the bottom part, and
wherein at least one of the upper part and the bottom part comprises a composite material including at least one of natural materials and recycling materials, and contains a matrix resin comprising fluid phenolic resin, a glycidyl-terminated epoxy diluent, and at least one latent cross-linking agent.

US Pat. No. 10,190,722

UNBONDED FLEXIBLE PIPE FOR TRANSPORTING AN ABRASIVE MATERIAL, ASSOCIATED METHOD AND ASSOCIATED USE

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. An unbonded flexible pipe for transporting an abrasive material, comprising:at least one tubular sheath delimiting a passage for circulation of the abrasive material;
at least one armor layer of tensile armors positioned externally with respect to the tubular sheath, the al least one armor layer comprising a plurality of filiform armor elements,
a protective internal layer positioned inside the at least one tubular sheath in the circulation passage, the protective internal layer including an elastomeric matrix and a longitudinal reinforcement assembly embedded in the matrix;
wherein the protective internal layer is an innermost layer of the pipe, and wherein the protective internal layer is deformable and locally deforms when the abrasive material makes contact with the protective internal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,721

POSITION ADJUSTING SPACER AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE POSITION OF A REHABILITATION PIPE USING SUCH

SHONAN GOSEI-JUSHI SEISAK...

1. A spacer insertable in a gap between an existing pipe and a rehabilitation pipe to adjust the position of the rehabilitation pipe inside the existing pipe, comprising:a first wedge-shaped member having an inclined surface provided with a guide groove having latching teeth thereon; and
a second wedge-shaped member having a surface inclined at an angle the same as the inclination angle of the inclined surface of the first wedge-shaped member, the inclined surface of the second wedge-shaped member being provided with a protruding part that is fitted to the guide groove of the first wedge-shaped member when the first and second wedge-shaped members are overlapped;
wherein the protruding part of the second wedge-shaped member is formed thinner at one end so as to be elastically deformable toward the inclined surface of the second wedge-shaped member to form an elastic deformable member;
wherein the elastic deformable member has latching teeth that engage with the latching teeth of the first wedge-shaped member so as to make the second wedge-shaped member movable relative to the first wedge-shaped member in an insertion direction to stepwise increase an overall height of the spacer in the gap between the existing pipe and the rehabilitation pipe, but disabling movement of the second wedge-shaped member in a reverse direction opposite the insertion direction; and
wherein, when the elastic deformable member is elastically deformed until the distal end thereof comes into contact with the inclined surface of the second wedge-shaped member, the latching teeth of the first and second wedge-shaped members are disengaged to enable movement of the second wedge-shaped member relative to the first wedge-shaped member in the reverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,720

REPAIR KIT

1. A repair kit for sealing at least one of thick-matter conveying lines or concrete conveying lines, said repair kit comprising at least one sealing element, wherein the sealing element further comprises a monolithic component having a dimensionally stable base body and a coating layer, wherein a fastening means is disposed adjacent to the both the base body and the sealing element so that the sealing element can be fastened to a coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,190,719

TUBING EVERTING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS

Emagineered Solutions, In...

1. A tubing everting assembly, comprising:an apparatus for everting a flexible tube liner, the apparatus comprising:
a pressure chamber that defines an internal volume, wherein the pressure chamber is configured to be pressurized by a pressurizing fluid stream to provide a motive force for eversion of the flexible tube liner;
a liner inlet port associated with a first side of the pressure chamber and configured to receive the flexible tube liner into the internal volume;
an inlet sealing structure associated with the liner inlet port and configured to resist fluid flow therepast from the pressure chamber;
a lubricator, configured to apply a lubricant to the flexible tube liner, wherein the lubricator is operatively attached to the pressure chamber and is configured to apply the lubricant to decrease a frictional force on the flexible tube liner during eversion of the flexible tube liner, and further wherein the lubricator:
(i) is external to the pressure chamber; and
(ii) is configured to apply the lubricant to the flexible tube liner prior to the flexible tube liner being received into the pressure chamber via the liner inlet port and the inlet sealing structure; and
a liner outlet port associated with a second side of the pressure chamber and configured to permit the flexible tube liner to extend from the internal volume; and
a cart operatively attached to the apparatus, the cart comprising:
a cart body;
at least two wheels rotatingly coupled to the cart body; and
a lubricant reservoir configured to contain the lubricant utilized by the apparatus; wherein the cart is configured to supply a pressurized lubricant stream, which includes the lubricant, from the lubricant reservoir to the lubricator.

US Pat. No. 10,190,716

HEATED HOSE WITH IMPROVED POWER FEEDTHROUGH

AKURATE DYNAMICS, LLC, H...

1. A heated hose assembly comprising:a flexible fluid conduit having an inlet end and an opposing outlet end;
a first pressure housing connected to the inlet end of the flexible fluid conduit said first pressure housing comprising a fluid passageway extending from a first end of the housing to an opposing second end of the housing and a bore intersecting the fluid passageway and extending to a side of the housing;
a second pressure housing connected to the outlet end of the flexible fluid conduit said second pressure housing comprising a fluid passageway extending from a first end of the housing to an opposing second end of the housing and a bore intersecting the fluid passageway and extending to a side of the housing;
an electric heater within a flow channel of the flexible fluid conduit said heater having first and second electrical power contacts;
a first power feedthrough in the intersecting bore of the first pressure housing in electrical connection to the first electrical power contact of the electric heater and comprising
a generally cylindrical body having a central axial bore;
a conductor pin within the central axial bore connected at a first end thereof to the first electrical power contact of the electric heater; and
a seal in a wall of the intersecting bore of the first pressure housing in sealing engagement with an external surface of the generally cylindrical body of the first power feedthrough.

US Pat. No. 10,190,715

FLUID PIPE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fluid pipe device, comprising:a pipe member forming a flow channel for flowing a fluid;
a heating member for generating heat to heat the pipe member;
a metal heat transfer member abutting against the heating member and conducting heat to the pipe member; and
a terminal member electrically connecting the heating member and the metal heat transfer member,
wherein the metal heat transfer member comprises a first heat transfer member and a second heat transfer member, and at least one of the first heat transfer member and second heat transfer member forms the terminal member at one portion, and the first heat transfer member is provided in the pipe member not to be exposed inside the flow channel of the pipe member, and
the first heat transfer member includes
a cylinder portion disposed in an axis line direction of the pipe member;
the terminal member provided in a state wherein one portion of the cylinder portion is cut and raised;
a horizontal slit provided in the cylinder portion and extending in the axis line direction; and
a concave-convex portion or a wave-shaped portion provided in an edge portion of the horizontal slit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,713

QUICK COUPLING ELEMENT WITH DISCHARGE MEMBER AND COUPLING MEMBER COMPRISING SUCH AN ELEMENT

STAUBLI FAVERGES, Faverg...

1. A quick coupling element for removably joining pressurized fluid pipes, said coupling element comprisinga tubular body defining an inner channel for the passage of a pressurized fluid and a longitudinal axis of the coupling element,
means for closing off the inner channel on a side of a front face of the coupling element,
a relief member of the inner channel, movable between a first position, in which it said relief member closes off a relief passage connecting the inner channel to the outside of the body, and a second forward position relative to the first position, in which said relief member does not close off the relief passage,whereinthe relief member is a relief ring that is part of the means for closing off the inner channel and that is mounted around a central member, which is also part of the closing off means, and inside a peripheral part,
a first surface of the relief ring is part of the front face,
the relief ring is movable, relative to the central member and parallel to the longitudinal axis, between its first and second positions,
the relief ring defines, at least in part, the relief passage with the central member or with the peripheral part, and
in its first position, the relief ring bears sealably against the central member, over a first sealing circumference, and bears sealably against the peripheral part, over a second sealing circumference,
a diameter of the second sealing circumference is strictly larger than a diameter of the first sealing circumference, and
the coupling element comprises an elastic return member for returning the relief ring toward its first position, said elastic member pushing the relief ring back toward the inside of the tubular body and/or toward the rear of the coupling element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,712

SLIDING DUCT CONNECTION

Westinghouse Electric Com...

1. A duct connection comprising:a first flange;
a second flange;
a middle portion having a first end coupled to the first flange and a second end coupled to the second flange;
an expandable duct section having a first end directly coupled to the second flange and a second end configured to couple with a first duct; and
a slip fit attached to the first flange, the slip fit having a first portion and a second portion, wherein, in cross-section, the first portion extends from the first flange substantially perpendicular with respect to the first flange and the second portion extends from the first portion of the slip fit substantially parallel with respect to the first flange,
wherein the slip fit and the first flange form a receiving area structured such that a portion of a corresponding flange included on a second duct can slide into the receiving area,
wherein the expandable duct section is structured to expand to permit the slip fit to move a limited amount in any direction, and
wherein, in cross-section, the first flange extends from the first end of the middle portion in a direction substantially perpendicular with respect to the middle portion, the second flange extends from the second end of the middle portion in the direction substantially perpendicular to the middle portion, and the first and second flanges are substantially parallel with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,711

LOW EMISSION FLUID COUPLER

Engineered Controls Inter...

1. A fluid coupler for controlling a flow of fluid therethrough, the fluid coupler comprising:an outer body;
an end connector being at least partially received inside the outer body and configured to receive fluid;
an inner body disposed inside the outer body, the inner body being moveable with respect to the outer body;
a plug holder located inside of the inner body;
a plug engaged to the plug holder, the plug being moveable between a closed position, where the plug engages an inner surface of the inner body to prevent flow through the fluid coupler, and an open position where the plug is disengaged from the inner surface of the inner body; and
a connector at least partially housed within the inner body, the connector comprising a first end secured to the plug holder;
wherein the fluid coupler defines a fluid flow path isolated from the outer body, the fluid flow path enabling fluid to flow through the end connector, the inner body, the plug holder, and the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,190,708

RESIN-MADE PIPE JOINT

Nippon Pillar Packing Co....

1. A resin-made pipe joint comprising:a joint body having: a body cylinder portion in which a flow path for a fluid is formed; an outer cylinder portion which is coaxially projected from the body cylinder portion in one axial direction; and an inner cylinder portion which is placed radially inside the outer cylinder portion, and which is coaxially projected from the body cylinder portion in a same direction as the outer cylinder portion so that a projection end is located on a side of the body cylinder portion with respect to a projection end of the outer cylinder portion, a groove portion which opens in one axial direction being formed while being surrounded by the body cylinder portion, the outer cylinder portion, and the inner cylinder portion;
a sleeve having: a cylindrical fitting portion which is detachably fitted to a radially inner side of the outer cylinder portion; a cylindrical coupling portion which is projected from the fitting portion in one axial direction, and which is press-inserted into a one longitudinal end portion of the tube; and a cylindrical inserting portion which is coaxially projected from the fitting portion in another axial direction, and which is inserted into the groove portion from an opening portion of the groove portion, the sleeve being connectable to or detachable from the joint body in a state where the sleeve is coupled to the tube; and
a fastening member which enables the tube to be fastened to the joint body through the sleeve, wherein
the joint body and the sleeve are produced by using a fluorine resin,
the inserting portion has a radial width which is larger than a radial width of the groove portion, and is configured to, when the fitting portion is to be fitted to the radially inner side of the outer cylinder portion, be press-inserted into the groove portion,
a sealing portion which seals between an inner circumferential surface of the inserting portion and an outer circumferential surface of the inner cylinder portion is formed by press-inserting the inserting portion into the groove portion, and,
when, with respect to the inserting portion and the groove portion, an insertion rate of the inserting portion to the groove portion is indicated by X, and a multiplying factor of the radial width of the inserting portion to the radial width of the groove portion is indicated by Y, the resin-made pipe joint has the insertion rate and multiplying factor which are within in a range that is defined by following Expressions (1) and (2):
Y=?0.218X+1.218,  (1)
Y=?0.67X+1.67.  (2)

US Pat. No. 10,190,707

COUPLING AND CIRCUMFERENTIAL GROOVE SHAPE

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. A coupling for connecting pipe elements, said coupling comprising:a plurality of segments attached to one another end to end surrounding a central space;
adjustable attachment members positioned at opposite ends of each said segment for attaching said segments to one another;
first and second arcuate projections positioned respectively on opposite sides of each said segment, each said arcuate projection facing an axis extending through said central space and extending lengthwise along each said segment, each said arcuate projection having a semi-circular cross section taken parallel to said axis, said semi-circular cross section extending over at least a portion of said arcuate projection; and
a first and a second relief groove, said first relief groove positioned adjacent to said first arcuate projection, said second relief groove positioned adjacent to said second arcuate projection, each said relief groove extending lengthwise along each said segment and facing said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,190,705

THERMOSETTING BAMBOO-WOOD COMPOSITE PIPE

ZHEJIANG XINZHOU BAMBOO-B...

1. A composite pipe, comprisingan inner liner layer;
a reinforcement layer;
a structural layer; and
an outer protection layer;whereinthe inner liner layer, the reinforcement layer, the structural layer, and the outer protection layer are arranged in that order along a radial direction of the pipe from the inside out;
the reinforcement layer comprises wound bamboo strips;
the structural layer comprises a wound wood planed board; and
the reinforcement layer and the structural layer are sandwiched between the inner liner layer and the outer protection layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,703

SUPPORT FOR A CONDUIT

Airbus Operations SAS, T...

1. A support for a pipe, the support comprising:a body delimited by a first face and a second face, the body having an orifice extending between the first face and the second face, wherein the body comprises a first part and a second part, wherein the first part of the body comprises a base which forms a portion of the orifice of the body, and wherein the first part and the second part together define the first face and the second face,
a first ring and a second ring which each have an eccentric orifice and which are configured so as to be fitted one into the other in the orifice of the body, wherein each ring comprises a flange, wherein the flange of the first ring is in direct contact with the first face of the body and the flange of the second ring is in direct contact with the second face of the body, and wherein the second face of the body is parallel to and opposite the first face of the body, and,
a system for retaining the first and second rings in the orifice of the body comprising a U-shaped cap, the U-shaped cap including a main body portion and two parallel arms, wherein the main body portion is arranged between the two parallel arms in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the orifice of the body, and wherein the U-shaped cap is configured to surmount the support so that the first and second rings are immobilized between the two parallel arms.

US Pat. No. 10,190,701

CORROSION CONTROL FOR CHAMBER COMPONENTS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A bellows, comprising:a top mounting flange;
a bottom mounting flange;
a tubular accordion structure coupling the mounting flanges;
a bonding layer disposed on an exterior treated surface of at least the tubular accordion structure, the bonding layer of at least one of chromium, titanium nitride or titanium; and
a coating disposed on the bonding layer, the coating comprised of at least one of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), parylene C, parylene D, diamond-like carbon, yttria stabilized zirconia, alumina, nickel, or aluminum silicon magnesium yttrium oxygen compound.

US Pat. No. 10,190,699

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR AND VALVE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. An electromagnetic actuator comprising:a first magnetic coil;
a first permanent magnet,
an anchor configured to be moved axially by the first magnetic coil and the first permanent magnet between a first position and a second position, wherein a spring device is connected to the anchor and acts in the axial direction on the anchor, wherein the spring device is configured to exert a return force on the anchor as soon as the anchor is moved from a middle position toward the first position or the second position, wherein the first position is a closed position and the second position is an open position, and
a second magnetic coil,
wherein the first and second magnetic coils as well as the first permanent magnet are disposed axially, such that the first permanent magnet is disposed axially between the first and second magnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,190,697

STUFFING BOX LUG

Mueller International, LL...

1. A valve assembly comprising: a valve body; a gate inside the valve body, the gate configured to control fluid flow; a stem configured to move the gate; a stem actuator connected to the stem, the stem actuator configured to rotate the stem; and a stuffing box attached to the valve body configured to form a seal around the stem, the stuffing box comprising a stuffing box body and a lifting lug extending from the stuffing box body, the lifting lug fixed in position relative to the valve body, and wherein the lifting lug defines a lifting bore defining a closed shaped profile configured to lift the valve assembly; wherein the stem actuator is positioned above the lifting lug.

US Pat. No. 10,190,694

FLOW CONTROL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR A VALVE

Ross Europa GmbH, Langen...

1. A valve mounting system comprising:an upper plate including an upper inlet, an upper outlet, and an upper exhaust;
a lower plate including a lower inlet, a lower outlet, and a lower exhaust that are aligned with the upper inlet, the upper outlet, and the upper exhaust, respectively to define an inlet, an outlet and an exhaust, respectively;
a spoon that pivots about an axis to control a flow of fluid through an opening, wherein the opening is one of the inlet, the outlet and the exhaust, wherein the spoon is located between the upper plate and the lower plate, the upper plate is located above the spoon, and the lower plate is located below the spoon.

US Pat. No. 10,190,693

DOOR SEAL FOR VACUUM CHAMBER

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A vacuum chamber comprising:a chamber body having a top, a bottom, and sidewalls, the sidewalls having at least a first slit valve opening formed therein;
a first inflatable seal sealingly coupled to a first sidewall of the sidewalls and circumscribing the first slit valve opening; and
a first slit valve door moveable between a close state that contacts the first inflatable seal to provide a vacuum seal between the first slit valve door and chamber body, and an open state that positions the first slit valve door clear of the first slit valve opening, the first inflatable seal having a base coupled to the first sidewall and a hollow tubular portion that can move laterally relative to the base when the first slit vale door is in the closed state wherein the hollow tubular portion of the first inflatable seal has a durometer of less than about 90 Shore A.

US Pat. No. 10,190,688

ELASTOMERIC GEL BODY GASKET HAVING A SUBSTANTIALLY INCOMPRESSIBLE SKELETON, A METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

THE PATENT WELL LLC, For...

1. An assembly for use with an aircraft, the assembly comprising:an aircraft base;
a workpiece for removably engaging the base; and
a gasket or gasket tape for interposition between the aircraft workpiece and the aircraft base, the gasket or gasket tape comprising:
a pliable, elastomeric gel body having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a perimeter; and
a non-metallic, non-fibrous, non-conductive, non-woven molded or extruded skeletal web having an upper surface, a lower surface, a perimeter and a multiplicity of strands meeting at and integral with a multiplicity of joints, the strands and joints defining a multiplicity of open pores;
wherein the elastomeric gel body is the same size or thicker than and substantially encapsulates the skeletal web, including filling the pores thereof, and is integral therewith;
and wherein an x and y dimension is much greater than the z (thickness) dimension;
and wherein the skeletal web is crimped.

US Pat. No. 10,190,687

METHODS OF FORMING SUPERELASTIC SEALS

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. A method of forming a superelastic metal seal, comprising:forming an Ni—Ti alloy comprising from about 58 weight percent Ni to about 65 weight percent Ni and from about 35 weight percent Ti to about 42 weight percent Ti; and
treating the Ni—Ti alloy to form a superelastic Ni—Ti alloy that is not capable of shape memory behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,190,686

COVER MEMBER

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A cover member to cover an object and comprising:a plurality of peaks;
a plurality of valleys; and
coupling portions coupling the plurality of peaks to the plurality of valleys,
wherein the cover member is expandable and contractable in an alignment direction in which the plurality of peaks and the plurality of valleys are aligned,
wherein each peak of the plurality of peaks comprises a depression depressed from an apex of the peak in a direction toward the object, and each valley of the plurality of valleys comprises a protrusion protruding from a bottom of the valley in a direction opposite to the object, each of the coupling portions being connected at the depression and the protrusion,
wherein the depression has a U-shape in a cross-section, and includes edges of two sides of the U-shape in the direction opposite to the object, and the protrusion has a reverse U-shape in a cross-section, and includes bases of the reverse U-shape in the direction toward the object,
wherein when the cover member contracts in the alignment direction, the depression of the peak is deformed to enlarge an opening of the depression large enough to make the adjacent edges of adjacent two of the peaks touch each other, and the protrusion of the valley is deformed to enlarge a reverse opening of the protrusion large enough to make the adjacent bases of the adjacent two of the valleys touch each other, and
wherein connection of the coupling portion to the depression and the protrusion is thicker than a thickness of the coupling portion in a direction perpendicular to an outer surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,684

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling a continuously variable transmission (CVT) of a powertrain system coupled to a driveline of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining minimum and maximum CVT input speeds in response to an accelerator pedal position;
monitoring vehicle speed and a CVT input speed;
determining magnitude of vehicle speed at which the monitored CVT input speed achieves the minimum CVT input speed;
determining a target CVT input acceleration rate based upon the vehicle speed;
determining an input speed trajectory based upon the target CVT input acceleration rate;
determining a desired speed ratio based upon the input speed trajectory and the magnitude of vehicle speed at which the monitored CVT input speed achieves the minimum CVT input speed; and
controlling the CVT based upon the desired speed ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,190,683

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device for a continuously variable transmission that steplessly changes a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission mounted on a vehicle, the control device comprising:a controller that changes the speed ratio such that a stepwise upshift is performed, wherein
in the case where an accelerator depression amount is constant, the controller sets the speed ratio such that a number of allowable stepwise upshifts increases as the accelerator depression amount is larger, compared to when the accelerator depression amount is small.

US Pat. No. 10,190,682

ACTUATOR PROVIDED WITH A GEAR BOX, POSITION INDICATOR FOR A GEAR BOX, AND RELATED METHODS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

19. A method of rotating a well bore blow out preventer input between a first position and a second position comprising the steps of:connecting a primary driver through a gear box to the blow out preventer input,
biasing the gear box to a high range default gear ratio and rotating the primary driver in one direction multiple turns to rotate the blow out preventer input from its first position toward its second position,
communicating a command signal to the gear box to shift the gear box from its high range default gear ratio to a lower gear ratio, and simultaneously maintaining the gear box in its lower gear ratio and rotating the primary driver in an opposite direction to rotate the blow out preventer input from its second position toward its first position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,681

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for a power transmission device for a vehicle, the power transmission device including a fluid coupling, the fluid coupling including a lockup clutch, an input member and an output member, the fluid coupling being configured such that the input member and the output member are directly coupled to each other when the lockup clutch is engaged, the control system comprising:an electronic control unit configured to
i) execute engagement control for controlling an engaging pressure of the lockup clutch such that the lockup clutch is half-engaged,
ii) calculate an integrated amount of heat that is generated in the lockup clutch during the engagement control, and
iii) when the integrated amount of heat generated becomes larger than or equal to a predetermined determination value, select one of first control for completely engaging the lockup clutch from a state of the engagement control and second control for releasing the lockup clutch from the state of the engagement control such that a smaller one of a first amount of heat that is generated in the lockup clutch in a period from when the integrated amount of heat generated becomes larger than or equal to the predetermined determination value after a start of the engagement control to when the lockup clutch is completely engaged and a second amount of heat that is generated in the lockup clutch in a period from when the integrated amount of heat generated becomes larger than or equal to the predetermined determination value after the start of the engagement control to when the lockup clutch is released is generated in the lockup clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,190,680

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An automatic transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller that generates a range switching command signal for switching ranges of the automatic transmission, based on a shift operation;
a motor to be driven based on the range switching command signal from the controller;
a deceleration mechanism that decelerates a rotation speed of the motor;
an output axle that is driven by the deceleration mechanism so as to drive a shift axle for switching the ranges of the automatic transmission;
a motor rotation angle detector that detects a rotation angle of a rotor of the motor and then inputs to the controller a first detection signal having information corresponding to the detected rotation angle of the rotor of the motor;
an output axle rotation angle detector that detects a rotation angle of the output axle and then inputs to the controller a second detection signal having information corresponding to the detected rotation angle of the output axle; and
a position sensor that detects a rotation position of the shift axle of the automatic transmission and then inputs to the controller a third detection signal having information corresponding to the detected rotation position of the shift axle,
wherein the controller monitors each of the inputted first, second, and third detection signals, determines that two detection signals having the respective information items that coincide with each other are normal and that another detection signal having information that does not coincide with the information items of the two detection signals is abnormal, and then controls switching of the ranges of the automatic transmission, based on the result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,190,679

FLOW OUTPUT DETERMINATION METHOD FOR A HYDRAULIC PUMP IN A TRANSMISSION HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for determining a conveying capacity of a hydraulic pump of a hydraulic system of a transmission, comprising:operating the hydraulic pump at a defined rotational speed;
after operating the hydraulic pump driven at the defined rotational speed, opening a blockable flow cross-section in order to connect a pressure side of the hydraulic pump to an area of the hydraulic system through the flow cross-section, the flow cross-section configured with the hydraulic pump such that an entire conveying volume flow provided by the hydraulic pump is guided in a direction of the area of the hydraulic system through the flow cross-section when the flow cross-section is open;comparing a change to an operating state of the transmission resulting from opening of the flow cross-section to a reference change to the operating state; anddetermining the conveying capacity of the hydraulic pump as a function of a deviation between the change to the operating state and the reference change to the operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,190,654

APPARATUS FOR A DRIVE SYSTEM HAVING A CARTRIDGE HOUSING ONE OR MORE ELASTOMER MEMBERS

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for a drive system comprising:a monolithic hub having a sleeve defining a bore for receiving a shaft, thereby defining an axis of rotation, and an outer annular ring spaced radially outward from the sleeve, thereby defining an annular receptacle therebetween;
a component for rotation with the hub, the component having an inner annular ring disposed between the sleeve and the outer annular ring of the hub;
an annular cartridge defining a first annular groove that has a generally C-shaped or U-shaped cross-sectional profile, the annular cartridge seated between the inner annular ring of the component for rotation with the hub and the sleeve or the outer annular ring of the hub with the first annular groove open radially outward; and
a first elastomer member seated in the first annular groove in compression, thereby operatively coupling the component for rotation with the hub to the hub for rotation therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,190,639

SENSOR UNIT FOR A BEARING

1. A sensor unit for a bearing, comprisinga main body,
a sensor holder, and
one or more mounting brackets, wherein
the sensor holder has a measurement surface in a first plane and includes at least one sensor for measuring an operating parameter of the bearing when the measurement surface is in contact with a component of the bearing, wherein each mounting bracket provides an attachment portion having an attachment surface, wherein the sensor unit, is configured to be in contact with a component of the bearing or a component of a bearing assembly that includes the bearing,
the sensor holder includes one or more extendable legs, which are extendable in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the first plane, such that the measurement surface is adjustable in longitudinal direction relative to the main body; and
the one or more mounting brackets are linearly movable and pivotably relative to the main body, such that:
the sensor unit has a first attachment position, in which the measurement surface and the attachment surface lie on parallel planes and the attachment surface is adjustable in longitudinal direction relative to the main body; and has a second attachment position in which the measurement surface and attachment surface lie in perpendicular planes and the attachment surface is adjustable in a transverse direction relative to the main body of the sensor unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,633

ROLLING BEARING

NTN Corporation, Osaka (...

1. A rolling bearing comprising one or more bearing members, which form the rolling bearing, having a rust prevention film formed in a predetermined region of a surface of a base material of the bearing member,wherein:
the rust prevention film is formed by a porous film with a sacrificial anode action against the base material, the porous film being formed in the whole of the predetermined region;
the porous film in at least a part of the predetermined region is subjected to sealing treatment which impregnates the porous film with a sealing treatment agent from a surface of the porous film, and a surface of a sealing treatment body obtained from the porous film subjected to the sealing treatment is subjected to first coating treatment which coats the surface of the sealing treatment body with epoxy resin coating; and
the sealing treatment agent is formed by diluting the epoxy resin coating.

US Pat. No. 10,190,626

THRUST ROLLER BEARING CAGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A thrust roller bearing cage included in a thrust roller bearing and including a plurality of pockets accommodating rollers, comprising:a radially outer area bent portion formed by bending a radially outer edge part of an area located radially outside the pockets obliquely inward in a radial direction, the radially outer area bent portion formed to extend continuously in an annular shape; and
projecting portions that are formed in a tip end of the radially outer area bent portion and project inward in the radial direction from an inner peripheral edge of the radially outer area bent portions so as to contact end faces of the rollers accommodated in the pockets, wherein
radially outer edges of the pockets are located radially outside a boundary formed by the radially outer area bent portion and the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,625

THRUST ROLLER BEARING CAGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A thrust roller bearing cage included in a thrust roller bearing and including a plurality of pockets accommodating rollers, comprising:a radially outer area bent portion formed by bending an area located radially outside the pockets inward in a radial direction; and
projecting portions that are formed in a tip end of the radially outer area bent portion at positions aligned with the pockets and project arcuately such that a tip part as an innermost part of the projecting portion in the radial direction projects inward in the radial direction beyond radially outer edges of the pockets so as to contact end faces of the rollers accommodated in the pockets, the projecting portions having a root part with a width, wherein
the width of the root part of the projecting portion is ? or more and ? or less of a width of the pockets.

US Pat. No. 10,190,624

SPACER DEVICE, TOROIDAL ROLLER BEARING AND METHOD

13. A method for inserting at least one of a final roller element or a final spacer device into a toroidal roller bearing comprising:providing an inner ring, an outer ring, and a plurality of roller elements,
wherein the toroidal roller bearing allows for axial and angular displacement between the inner ring and the outer ring;
providing a plurality of spacer devices for insertion between adjacent roller elements, each spacer device comprising a first roller element-contacting surface and a second roller element-contacting surface on an opposite side thereof and end members that have projections that extend outwards from first and second roller-contacting surfaces, the first roller-contacting surface and the second roller-contacting surface are arranged to separate two adjacent roller elements in a tangential direction of the toroidal roller bearing, wherein each of the first roller element-contacting surface and the second roller element-contacting surface has a concave shape adapted to conform to a respective convex contacting surface of the roller elements, wherein the projections are arranged to extend at least partly over the ends of two adjacent roller elements when the plurality of spacer devices are in use, and wherein, when the plurality of spacer devices are in use, the only solid element of the toroidal roller bearing that the end members contact are the roller elements such that the end members allow the inner ring and the outer ring to displace at least one of axially and angularly without the end members contacting either of the outer ring, the inner ring, or any fixed extensions thereof that would impede the at least one of the axial and angular displacement of the inner ring and the outer ring, the spacer device is configured to not contact the inner ring and to not contact the outer ring,
tilting the inner ring of the toroidal roller bearing with respect to the outer ring whereby the distance between rolling elements is increased; and
one of:
a) inserting a roller element between two spacer devices, or
b) inserting a spacer device between two roller elements.

US Pat. No. 10,190,622

WEAR RESISTANT COATING APPLIED TO CONNECTING ROD SURFACES

Tenneco Inc., Lake Fores...

1. A method of manufacturing a connecting rod for connecting a crankshaft to a piston of an internal combustion engine, comprising the steps of:providing a body formed of metal extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end, the body including a first thrust portion adjacent the first end and a second thrust portion adjacent the second end and a stem connecting the first thrust portion to the second thrust portion, the first thrust portion including a pair of first thrust surfaces facing opposite one another and encircling a first bore for receiving a crankshaft, the first thrust portion including a joint, and the second thrust portion including a pair of second thrust surfaces facing opposite one another and encircling a second bore for receiving a wrist pin;
sand blasting the joint and at least one of the first thrust surfaces; and
spraying a wear resistant coating onto at least the joint of the first thrust portion and at least one of the first thrust surfaces along the joint of the body which are sand blasted, the wear resistant coating including polymer, solid lubricant, and particles formed of Fe2O3, and further including ultrasonic cleaning and drying the joint and the at least one first thrust surface prior to the sand blasting step, ultrasonic cleaning the joint and the at least one first thrust surface after the sand blasting step, and wherein the spraying step includes spraying the wear resistant coating in liquid form onto the joint and the at least one first thrust surface, the spraying step includes applying the wear resistant coating to a thickness of 5 to 50 microns, drying the wear resistant coating after the spraying step, repeating the spraying step, drying the wear resistant coating after repeating the spraying step, and curing the wear resistant coating in an oven.

US Pat. No. 10,190,619

SEALING NUT

LISI AEROSPACE, Paris (F...

1. A sealing nut comprising a nut and a deformable sealing ring, wherein the nut comprises an annular body extending in a direction of an axis of revolution (A), a base comprising a counterbore, and a second counterbore made in said base, the second counterbore comprises an annular back wall having a length extending between a first inner radius (R1) and a second inner radius (r1), the sealing ring comprises an annular body and an upper end face (A2) suitable for resting against the back wall of the second counterbore, and said upper end face has a length extending between an inner radius (r2) and an outer radius (R2), characterized in that the ratio between the length (L1) of the back wall of the second counterbore and the length (L2) of the upper end face (A2) of the ring is between 20 and 45%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,617

BLIND FASTENER

PRECISION TOWER PRODUCTS,...

1. A blind fastener, comprising:a sleeve (100) having a sleeve proximal end (120), a sleeve distal end (130), a sleeve length (155), a sleeve outer diameter (140), a sleeve inner diameter (150) and a structural region (170);
an expander (400) having an expander proximal end (410), an expander distal end (420), a tensioning section (450), a locking section (430), and an expansion section (440) between the tensioning section (450) and the locking section (430), wherein the expansion section (440) has an expansion section diameter (442) and an expansion section transition (444), and a portion of the sleeve (100) has the sleeve inner diameter (150), in an initial state, less than the maximum expansion section diameter (442), wherein the locking section (430) has a locking section diameter (432), and the tensioning section (450) has a tensioning section diameter (452), wherein the expansion section diameter (442) is at least 7.5% greater than the tensioning section diameter (452), and the locking section diameter (432) is at least 15% greater than the expansion section diameter (442); and
a nut (500);
wherein a portion of the expander (400) passes through the sleeve (100) to cooperate with the nut (500) so that relative rotation of the expander (400) and nut (500):
(i) draws the expander distal end (420) toward the sleeve proximal end (120);
(ii) thereby drawing a portion of the expansion section (440) of the expander (400) into the structural region (170) of the sleeve (100) and expanding at least a portion of the structural region (170) of the sleeve (100) from the initial state to an expanded state; and
(iii) thereby drawing a portion of the locking section (430) past the sleeve distal end (130) toward the sleeve proximal end (120) and deforming at least a portion of the sleeve distal end (130) to a locked state.

US Pat. No. 10,190,612

PLUG INSERT

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A plug insert comprising:a shank removably receivable in a fastener hole in a panel, in a position where an outer end of the plug insert is disposed adjacent an outer surface of the panel;
a longitudinal cavity disposed within the shank;
a head that extends integrally and radially outward from around the shank and that has a frustoconical circumferential side wall shaped to complement a frustoconical outer portion of a fastener hole into which the plug is to be inserted, the head being formed with the shank as a single unitary piece;
an annular cap molded in-place on an outer end of the shank and having an axial through-hole axially aligned with the longitudinal cavity; and
a web extending across and sealing off the longitudinal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,611

PANEL

1. A method of simultaneously locking a new quadrangular panel provided with two longitudinal edges and two transverse edges to a previous panel row already assembled from identical panels and to an identical panel already assembled in the same panel row with the proviso that a first longitudinal edge is connected to the previous panel row in positively locking relationship by pivoting the new panel into the plane of the assembled panels, wherein at the same time a first transverse edge of the new panel is brought by a scissor-like movement into positively locking engagement with a second transverse edge of the assembled panel in the same panel row, with the further proviso that the first transverse edge of the panels respectively has a first transverse joining surface and the second transverse edge of the panels respectively has a second transverse joining surface, wherein the first transverse joining surface is brought into contact at that end which is towards the first longitudinal edge with the second transverse joining surface of the assembled panel in the same panel row, wherein the positively locking connection of the longitudinal edge and the transverse edge of the new panel is produced by a wedge-shaped longitudinal join gap and a wedge-shaped transverse join gap being produced between the new panel and the previous panel row, a wedge tip of the wedge-shaped transverse join gap points in the direction of the previous panel row and a wedge tip of the wedge-shaped longitudinal join gap points in the direction of the free second transverse edge of the new panel, and the new panel is finally pivoted into the plane of the assembled panels, wherein the positively locking engagement of the transverse edges and longitudinal edges is completely brought together and the wedge-shaped join gaps are removed.

US Pat. No. 10,190,610

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR REARVIEW DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A mounting assembly for a rearview device, the mounting assembly comprising:a windshield bracket having a body that includes ledges disposed about the body;
a mount operably coupled with said rearview device, the mount including pre-loading posts; and
a spring clip including a base and a plurality of legs, each leg including:
an upright portion extending from the base;
a connecting portion extending inwardly from the upright portion;
an engagement portion extending upward away from the base; and
at least one loading lever extending laterally from the connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,609

ACCESSORY CLAMP HAVING A ROD CLAMP AND AN ACCESSORY INTERFACE

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. An accessory clamp for use with a rod, comprising:an accessory interface;
a universal rod clamp that is operably coupled to the accessory interface and having:
a main body;
a selectively movable gripping surface that moves selectively inwardly towards the main body and outwardly away from the main body for accommodating a variety of rod diameters;
a latch that is separate and discrete from the selectively movable gripping surface and that is configured to selectively lock the universal rod clamp in place on the rod and to release the universal rod clamp from that place on the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,190,608

ACTUATOR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An actuator, comprising:an inner cylinder received in an outer cylinder having a closed end, and a piston received in the inner cylinder that extends from the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder, the piston being slideable relative to the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder in response to the application of fluid pressure to cause the piston to extend further from the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder; and
an auxiliary drive mechanism operable to cause the inner cylinder to extend from the outer cylinder, wherein the piston moves together with the inner cylinder relative to the outer cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,604

PISTON AND MAGNETIC BEARING FOR HYDRAULIC HAMMER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hydraulic hammer, comprising:a power cell;
a work tool partially received in, and movable with respect to, the power cell;
a sleeve positioned in the power cell and defining a centerline;
a piston with a plurality of hydraulic surfaces, the piston concentrically positioned in the sleeve and movable in the sleeve between a first position in contact with the work tool and a second position out of contact with the work tool; and
a magnetic guide system including at least one of a first magnetic guide component disposed in the piston and at least one of a second magnetic guide component disposed in the sleeve that interact to produce magnetic repellent forces therebetween to urge the radial position of the piston towards the centerline, wherein one of the first guide component or the second guide component includes a first ring magnet and a second ring magnet disposed in an axially spaced apart configuration in the piston, one of the first magnetic guide component or the second magnetic guide component includes a first conductive cylinder and a second conductive cylinder, the first and second conductive cylinders disposed adjacent and extending concentrically around respective ones of the first and second ring magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,190,602

COOLING FAN WITH MOVING BAFFLE

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A cooling fan with a moving baffle, provided for discharging dust in the cooling fan, the cooling fan comprising:a frame base, including a frame wall, combined to a bottom plate and a cover plate which are disposed on upper and lower sides of the frame wall respectively, and a containing space enclosed and defined by the frame wall, the bottom plate and the cover plate;
a vane wheel, installed in the containing space and forming a flow channel with the frame wall in the containing space, and provided for producing a cooling forced airflow when the vane wheel is in a forward rotation status and forming a strong wind area, and producing a dust discharging forced airflow when the vane wheel is in a reverse rotation status;
a moving baffle module, rotatably installed in the strong wind area of the flow channel and located between the frame wall and the vane wheel, the moving baffle module comprising a shaft extending into the strong wind area in a direction away from a surface of the bottom plate extending from the frame wall to the vane wheel, a baffle axially installed to the shaft, and a limit plate installed on a side of the baffle, the limit plate having a first lateral side and a second lateral side for limiting the rotating angle of the baffle, the baffle being configured to be driven by the dust discharging forced airflow to rotate with respect to the shaft such that the baffle sways between the first lateral side and the second lateral side of the limit plate to change the airflow distribution of the dust discharging forced airflow; and
a fin module, wherein an air outlet is enclosed and defined by the frame wall, the bottom plate and the cover plate, the air outlet is communicated with the containing space, and the fin module is installed at the air outlet,
wherein the baffle of the moving baffle module has a fixed end axially installed to the shaft and a free end extending with respect to the shaft, and the free end of the baffle is configured to sway at a side of the fin module, and
wherein the frame base has at least one dust discharging opening configured to be corresponsive to the periphery of the strong wind area, and the dust discharging forced airflow is guided by the moving baffle module to discharge the dust from the dust discharging opening to the outside;
wherein the baffle has a first side surface and a second side surface located oppositely; the cooling forced airflow is guided to the air outlet through the first side surface and the second side surface; one part of the dust discharging forced airflow flows back to a periphery of the vane wheel through the first side surface, and another part of the dust discharging forced airflow flows to the dust discharging opening through the second side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,600

PRESSURE INCREASING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INCREASING GAS PRESSURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A pressure increasing system comprising:a plurality of stages of compressors configured to compress a gas to a target pressure higher than a critical pressure;
intermediate coolers that are provided between the plurality of stages of compressors and cool the gas discharged from a compressor in a preceding stage;
a subcooler that is provided between the final stage compressor and a compressor in a stage before the final stage and cools the gas;
a bypass line which is connected to an inlet of the final stage compressor and through which the gas in the inlet of the final stage compressor is extracted and supplied to the subcooler as a refrigerant;
a flow rate adjusting valve which is provided on the bypass line and by which the extracted gas is depressurized upstream from the subcooler; and
a control unit configured to regulate a degree of opening of the flow rate adjusting valve so that at least one of a temperature and a pressure of the gas in the inlet of the final stage compressor remains constant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,599

DRIVE SHAFT FOR REMOTE VARIABLE VANE ACTUATION

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine, comprising:an actuator;
a harmonic drive driven by the actuator;
an engine case containing a multiple of variable vanes;
a firewall transverse to the engine case; and
a drive shaft driven by the harmonic drive at a single input, the drive shaft extends through the firewall to drive a multiple of outputs, each of the multiple of outputs operable to drive one stage of the multiple of variable vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,598

INTERMITTENT SPIGOT JOINT FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE CASING CONNECTION

1. A gas turbine engine casing apparatus having a first case including at least a first annular wall integrated with and supported by a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart and radially extending struts and a second case including at least a second annular wall, the first and second annular walls being axially connected by a spigot joint, the spigot joint comprising: an annular projection having outer-diameter and inner-diameter surfaces co-axially projecting from an end of the at least a first annular wall and an annular recess having outer-diameter and inner-diameter surfaces axially extending into an end of the at least a second annular wall, the annular projection being received in the annular recess such that the two outer-diameter surfaces mate with each other or the two inner-diameter surfaces mate with each other, and a plurality of circumferentially extending and spaced apart grooves formed on one of the surfaces, the plurality of grooves being located circumferentially adjacent the respective struts to reduce a local contact area between the projection and the recess, wherein at least one of the plurality of grooves is circumferentially symmetrical about a radial central axis of one of the plurality of struts.

US Pat. No. 10,190,595

GAS TURBINE ENGINE BLADE PLATFORM MODIFICATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine compressor blade comprising:an airfoil and a root section connected to a blade platform therebetween,
the airfoil extending in a chordwise direction between airfoil leading and trailing edges, and
an at least partially curved cropped corner of the blade platform, the at least partially curved cropped corner having a shape and size that avoids resonance of the blade during operation of the gas turbine engine, and the at least partially curved cropped corner is a J-shaped cropped corner including a straight section extending from and perpendicular to a pressure side edge towards a suction side edge of the blade platform and a curved section extending from the straight section to an uncropped portion of a platform trailing edge of the blade platform.

US Pat. No. 10,190,590

BATTERY-OPERATED BLOWER FILTER SYSTEM FOR USE IN POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE AREAS

1. A blower filter system comprising:a blower unit comprising an electric motor for driving a blower impeller, a control unit for controlling the electric motor and blower unit contacts; and
a battery pack comprising a plurality of secondary cells with energy density and battery pack contacts for connection with the blower unit, wherein:
the blower unit is detachably coupled with the battery pack;
the battery pack is electrically connected with the blower unit via at least the blower unit contacts and the battery pack contacts;
the battery pack is provided with protective circuits;
the protective circuits comprise electronic components, which are designed to cut off electrically at least one of the plurality of secondary cells of the battery pack when excessively high currents build up and/or when excessively high temperatures build up;
the electronic components comprise a shunt connected to the plurality of secondary cells, a first excess-current cutoff device, a second excess-current cutoff device, a first power circuit breaker and a second power circuit breaker;
the first excess-current cutoff device is connected to the first power circuit breaker and the second excess-current cutoff device is connected to the second power circuit breaker;
the first excess-current cutoff device is arranged on one side of the shunt and the second excess-current cutoff device is arranged on another side of the shunt;
the first power circuit breaker is configured to switch from a first power circuit breaker closed state to a first power circuit breaker open state and the second power circuit breaker is configured to switch from a second power circuit breaker closed state to a second power circuit breaker open state when current flowing through the shunt is greater than a predetermined maximum current such that the at least one of the plurality of secondary cells of the battery pack is electrically shut off; and
the battery pack and the blower unit are cast at least partially in a casting compound.

US Pat. No. 10,190,589

POTHEAD CABLE SEAL FOR ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE MOTORS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An electric submersible motor pothead system, comprising:a pothead that couples a power cable to an electric submersible motor, the electric submersible motor operable in well fluid, the pothead comprising:
a finger seal comprising a finger around each phase of the power cable and a radial flange;
a compression plate that exerts a radial force on each phase from an axial load provided by the compression plate against the radial flange;
a seal seat comprising sockets that receive each finger;
a space extending between a portion of an outer diameter of each finger and a flared inner diameter of the socket of the seal seat; and
a seal ring extending circumferentially around an outer diameter of each finger and tangent to the radial flange, the seal ring contacting the flared inner diameter of the seal seat and closing the space to the ingress of well fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,190,581

CONTROLLING FLUID OPERATIONS FOR MACHINE SYSTEMS

RPM INDUSTRIES, LLC, Was...

1. A fluid control system, comprising:a control module including at least one processor, wherein the control module is programmed to:
receive at least one first signal that comprises information indicative of at least one of a triggering condition or a machine condition; and
transmit at least one second signal, wherein the at least one first signal comprises information indicating that at least one of a temperature of a component of the machine exceeding a certain threshold, at least a portion of the machine being in a powered down state, or a combination thereof;
a fluid maintenance system operatively associated with the control module, wherein the fluid maintenance system comprises a processor configured for:
accessing machine data associated with the machine;
accessing a fluid service operation schedule including at least one fluid maintenance operation associated with the machine data; and
directing the control module to transmit the at least one second signal; and
at least one fluid control circuit configured for receiving the at least one second signal from the control module, wherein the at least one second signal comprises at least one command instruction for initiating a post-lubrication fluid operation in accordance with the fluid service operation schedule, wherein the at least one second signal received by the fluid control circuit further comprises at least one command instruction for causing at least a portion of a prelubrication fluid system to perform the post-lubrication fluid operation, and wherein the post-lubrication fluid operation comprises operating a pump of the machine to perform a circulating fluid operation or a recycling fluid operation for the machine, wherein the circulating fluid operation or the recycling fluid operation is performed until the component of the machine is at a predetermined temperature level or a predetermined time period has expired.

US Pat. No. 10,190,580

SOLAR DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OIL PUMP JACKS

Raptor Lift Solutions, LL...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a regenerative variable frequency drive configured to generate energy from vertical reciprocating motion of a pump jack during normal operation of the pump jack, the regenerative variable frequency drive comprising a DC buss; and
a DC capacitor bank configured to be electrically connected to the DC buss of the regenerative variable frequency drive,
wherein when the DC capacitor bank is electrically connected to the DC buss of the regenerative variable frequency drive, at least a portion of energy required to operate the pump jack to produce petroleum hydrocarbons is obtained from the generated energy from the vertical reciprocating motion of the pump jack, further wherein said generated energy is stored in the DC capacitor bank, and removed from the DC capacitor bank to the DC buss of the regenerative variable frequency drive.

US Pat. No. 10,190,579

RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A reciprocating compressor comprising:a crank case;
a cylinder attached to this crank case;
a piston reciprocatably fittedly inserted in this cylinder;
a connection rod extending from this piston;
a crank shaft inserted through one side of this connection rod via a bearing;
a rotational shaft configured to be rotationally driven by a motor; and
a balance weight attached to this rotational shaft with the crank shaft also attached thereto, the balance weight being configured to be usable to balance a moment generated when this rotational shaft rotates,
the balance weight including
a main weight portion extending over a range defined by a circular-arc circumferential edge shaped like a circular arc centered, at one side where the rotational shaft is located, and a pair of virtual end surfaces located on this circular-arc circumferential edge on both sides of the rotational shaft,
a pair of extension weight portions extending from the pair of virtual end surfaces of this main weight portion to an opposite circular-arc side from the circular-arc circumferential edge,
a rotational shaft hole provided at the main weight portion so as to be located on a central side of the circular arc of the circular-arc circumferential edge of the main weight portion, the rotational shaft hole being attached to the rotational shaft,
a crank shaft attachment protrusion provided so as to protrude from this rotational shaft hole to the opposite circular-arc side,
a crank shaft hole provided at this crank shaft attachment protrusion radially eccentrically with respect to the rotational shaft hole, and
a pair of spaces formed between positions on both sides of the crank shaft attachment protrusion and the pair of extension weight portions, respectively, for guiding cooling wind to the bearing of the crank shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,578

MINIATURE PUMP

KOGE MICRO TECH CO., LTD,...

1. A miniature pump, comprising:a cylinder having a first end and a second end opposite to each other along a first direction, the cylinder further having a cylinder plate;
a piston module accommodated in the cylinder, the piston module comprising:
a plate portion stacked on a side of the cylinder plate, the side of the cylinder plate facing the first end, the plate potion further comprising a plurality of installation components, adjacent installation components having a first recessed portion formed therebetween on an outer periphery of the plate portion, each of the installation components comprising a first installation portion and a second installation portion, wherein the first installation portion and the second installation portion are disposed at intervals on the outer periphery of the plate portion;
a pumping chamber structure located on a side of the plate portion facing the second end and protruded towards the second end;
a piston portion connected to a side of the pumping chamber structure facing away from the plate portion; and
a connecting portion connected to a side of the piston portion facing away from the pumping chamber structure;
a driving module located at the second end, the driving module having a wobble plate and a driving rod connected to the wobble plate, and the connection portion being connected to the wobble plate, and the driving module being configured to drive the pumping chamber structure to extend or retract along the first direction; and
a ledge projecting outwardly from an outer surface of the pumping chamber structure along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, so as to contact an inner surface of the cylinder,
wherein the cylinder comprises:
a plurality of circular holes, wherein a portion of the pumping chamber structure of the piston module is respectively positioned in each hole; and
a plurality of supporting portions that extend in the first direction toward the piston module from an upper surface of the cylinder plate forming said side of the cylinder plate, each of the supporting portions extending circumferentially along an outer periphery of the cylinder plate adjacent to a corresponding one of the holes for a distance that exceeds a diameter of the corresponding hole to extend past the corresponding hole on both sides of the corresponding hole, the supporting portions being separated from each other, each of the supporting portions extending also inwardly from the outer periphery of the cylinder plate to surround a part of the corresponding hole while maintaining a distance from the corresponding hole, wherein said side of the cylinder plate is monolithically formed with the upper surface of the cylinder;
wherein a shape of each of the supporting portions is complementary to a shape of the plate portion of the piston module which is stacked on said side of the cylinder to thereby fix a relative position of the piston module and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,577

HOISTABLE INDUCTION AND COOLING UNIT FOR WIND TURBINE MAINTENANCE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for detaching mechanically-connected components of a drive train in a wind turbine, comprising;positioning a maintenance tool below a hoist, the maintenance tool comprising a nested configuration of a transport frame portion, an isolation assembly portion, and a lift assembly portion;
hoisting only the lift assembly portion of the maintenance tool into a nacelle of a wind turbine;
connecting the lift assembly portion to a power source in the nacelle;
extending at least two induction cables from an induction generator disposed on the lift assembly portion, and wrapping the at least two induction cables proximate at least a portion of a component of the mechanically-connected components;
operating the induction generator to pass alternating current through the at least two induction cables and inductively heat the wrapped component such that thermal expansion creates a clearance between the mechanically-connected components; and,
separating the mechanically-connected components.

US Pat. No. 10,190,575

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING OUTPUT POWER OF WIND TURBINE GENERATOR SET

1. A method for compensating an electrical output power of a wind turbine, comprising:acquiring average values of first ambient temperatures of environments where the wind turbine is located, in respective periods;
collecting electrical output powers of the wind turbine at end time instants of the respective periods; and
if both an average value of the first ambient temperatures in a current period and an average value of the first ambient temperatures in a previous period are greater than a preset temperature threshold, compensating an electrical output power of the wind turbine collected at an end time instant of the current period based on a difference between the average values of the first ambient temperatures in the current period and the previous period, to ensure a stable electrical output power of the wind turbine, wherein the temperature threshold is an ambient temperature value when the wind turbine is in a full power state; and wherein in the full power state, the wind turbine has a grid-connected power equal to a rated power of the wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,574

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GENERATION OUTPUT QUANTITY OF A WIND POWER PLANT USING DUST DETECTOR

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A method of controlling a wind power plant that includes a plurality of wind power generators, the method comprising:monitoring a generation state of the wind power plant to detect a reduced output wind power generator, among the plurality of wind power generators, having a generation quantity smaller than a reference value;
in response to detecting the reduced output wind power generator having the generation quantity smaller than the reference value, capturing an image of a blade of the reduced output wind power generator using a camera disposed at a specific distance from the reduced output wind power generator in order to determine a size and area of contamination of the blade and analyze a generation quantity reduction factor of the detected wind power generator; and
individually controlling the generation output quantity of the reduced output wind power generator based on the analyzed generation quantity reduction factor so that the generation output quantity is increased,
wherein monitoring a generation state of the wind power plant includes
detecting a reduction of the generation output quantity of the detected wind power generator using a plurality of first sensors respectively installed in each of the wind power generators, each first sensor including a dust detector configured to
check a state of dust accumulation on the blade of a corresponding wind power generator of the plurality of wind power generators and
output dust detection data and location information of a corresponding wind power generator in order to determine a contamination state around the corresponding wind power generator; and
partitioning the wind power plant into zones and detecting a reduction of the generation output quantity of the detected wind power generator using a plurality of second sensors respectively installed in a representative wind power generator of each of the zones to detect the reduction of the generation output quantity of the corresponding zone.

US Pat. No. 10,190,573

BLADE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIND POWER GENERATOR, AND WIND POWER GENERATOR USING THE SAME

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A wind power generator comprising:a blade formed of carbon fiber material and comprising a conductive region having electrical conductivity in the carbon fiber material;
a detector configured to detect a change in an electrical resistance of a section of the conductive region of the carbon fiber; and
a determination unit configured to receive the detected change in the electrical resistance that has been transmitted from the detector, compare the detected change in the electrical resistance to a predetermined value, and determine the blade is in a normal state when the detected change is less than or equal to the predetermined value and the blade is in an abnormal state when the detected change is more than the predetermined value,
wherein the blade comprises a skin, a spar cap, and a shear web,
the shear web and the spar cap are entirely formed of the carbon material so that the conductive region is formed in the shear web and in the spar cap, and the conductive region encompasses, the shear web, the spar cap, and an interface between the shear web and the spar cap.

US Pat. No. 10,190,572

ROTATABLE BLADE APPARATUS WITH INDIVIDUALLY ADJUSTABLE BLADES

Energyield LLC, Carlsbad...

1. A wind turbine blade assembly comprising:at least first and second blades coupled to a rotor, the first blade defining a first pitch at a first time, the second blade defining a second pitch at the first time, at least one of the pitches being established by a pressure signal from at least one pressure sensor disposed on at least one blade to provide the pressure signal;
at least one controller receiving input from the pressure sensor;
at least one actuator comprising at least one motor coupled to at least the first blade and controlled by the at least one controller responsive to input from the pressure sensor to change a pitch of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,190,571

RING INSERT FOR A WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine, comprising:a rotor blade having a pressure side and a suction side, the pressure side and suction side extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a cylindrical blade root section comprising an end face configured to attach the rotor blade assembly to a hub, the blade root section comprising a span-wise end portion defined by an inner circumferential component and an outer circumferential component, the inner and outer circumferential components separated by a radial gap, the radial gap comprising a first laminate material embedded between the inner and outer circumferential components at a first span-wise depth and a second laminate material embedded between the inner and outer circumferential components at a second span-wise depth;
one or more blade bolts for securing the blade root section to a hub of the wind turbine; and,
a rigid ring insert disposed in the radial gap and embedded between the first and second laminate materials, the ring insert further comprising one or more bolt holes configured to receive the one or more blade bolts, the one or more bolt holes extending from a first end of the ring insert and terminating before an opposing, second end of the ring insert, the ring insert comprising a first segment and a second segment, wherein a chord-wise thickness of each of the first and second segments tapers from a first thickness at a first terminal end to a lesser, second thickness at a midpoint of the first and second segments, respectively, and then increases back to the first thickness at an opposing second terminal end of the first and second segments, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,568

WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER

1. A wave energy converter comprising:a. a positively buoyant axi-symmetric vessel fully submerged in an ocean;
b. said vessel being moored to a reaction mass by a vertical mooring line;
c. said reaction mass being selected from the group consisting of: a seabed; a submerged floating platform, whereby said vessel can react directly with said seabed at depths of said ocean that characterize a continental shelf and can react with said platform at depths of said ocean greater than depths that characterize said continental shelf;
d. said vessel being tethered axi-symmetrically to said reaction mass by at least three non-vertical tethers;
e. said tethers being held under tension by tensioning means and connected to a power take off system whereby orbital and omnidirectional motion of said vessel driven by orbital and omnidirectional motion of swell can be converted to useful power;
f. a control system comprising radio input of predicted wave height and swell period, radio input of a required depth of submersion of said vessel, input from local sensors measuring wave height and swell oscillation period and input from local sensors measuring motion and depth of submersion of said vessel, said inputs being applied to means for control of said depth of submersion of said vessel and to means for control of said vessel's natural period of oscillation, outputs of said means for control being said depth of submersion this being varable according to said wave height and said natural period of oscillation, this being variable according to said swell oscillation period;
g. said mooring line having at least one elastically extensible section enabling said vessel to follow an orbital path, responding to both heave and surge vectors of said swell from any direction;
h. said mooring line being connected to a lower locking winch, whereby said depth of submersion of said vessel can be varied dynamically between a near-surface position and a position in quiet water in response to varying wave heights so that high energy conversion rates can be sustained in differing wave climates and so that storm damage can be avoided;
i. said vessel being connected by a non-slidable connection to an upper line that is attached to a surface-piercing float of positive buoyancy;
j. said upper line having at least one elastically extensible section enabling said vessel to follow an orbital path responding to both heave and surge vectors of said swell from any direction;
k. said upper line being connected to an upper locking winch, whereby said depth of-submersion of said vessel can be varied and tension of said upper line and of said mooring line can be varied so that said vessel's natural period of oscillation can be dynamically varied to match said swell oscillation period over a range that characterizes energetic ocean swell;
l. said tethers having means for said tethers to be neutrally buoyant uniformly along the length of said tethers, whereby gravitational flexing can be made insignificant over depths that characterize the continental shelf and so power losses from gravitational flexing can be made insignificant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,565

METHOD OF REFURBISHING AN ENERGY CONVERSION FACILITY AND REFURBISHED ENERGY CONVERSION FACILITY

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of refurbishing an existing Francis pump-turbine used in an existing facility for converting hydraulic energy into electrical or mechanical energy and vice versa into a refurbished Francis pump-turbine for use in the existing facility,the existing Francis pump-turbine including:
a volute,
an existing runner configured to be rotatable about an axis of rotation,
a flange ring attached to the volute, the flange ring including an upper flange ring and a lower flange ring,
an existing pre-distributor including first water passage channels having an existing first respective height,
and an existing distributor in water flow communication with the existing pre-distributor and the existing runner, the existing distributor including second water passage channels having an existing second respective height that is different from the existing first respective height of the first water passage channels,
the method comprising:
a) modifying the existing pre-distributor of the existing Francis pump-turbine to have a reduced first respective height of the first water passage from the existing first respective height of the first water passage channels;
b) removing the existing distributor from the existing Francis pump-turbine;
c) replacing the removed existing distributor with a replaced distributor on the existing Francis pump-turbine that is different from the existing distributor, the replaced distributor including guide vanes defining second water passage channels having a respective height, the second water passage channels having water flow communication with the first water passage channels of the modified existing pre-distributor having the reduced first respective height, wherein the respective height of the second water passage channels of the replaced distributor is the same as the reduced first respective height of the first water passage channels of the modified existing pre-distributor; and
d) completing steps a), b), and c) to form the refurbished Francis pump-turbine so that the refurbished Francis pump-turbine can be used in the existing facility instead of the existing Francis pump-turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,562

ENGINE START DETERMINING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. An engine start determining apparatus comprising:an engine;
a clutch disposed in a power transmission path connecting between the engine and drive wheels, dividing the power transmission path into an engine-side path and a wheel-side path;
a motor connected to the wheel-side path; and
a dynamo-electric machine connected to the engine-side path, rotating the engine while the clutch is disconnected and generating electric power when rotated by the engine;
a calculator programmed to:
control the dynamo-electric machine to rotate the engine so that a rotating speed of the dynamo-electric machine for spontaneous revolution of the engine becomes a predetermined speed, and
calculate an increment in a crank angular acceleration of the engine every certain period from a base time after rotating the engine by the dynamo-electric machine, the base time being after start of fuel injection; and
a determiner programmed to determine that the engine has started by the dynamo-electric machine rotating the engine when the increment in the crank angular acceleration calculated by the calculator exceeds a standard value after the dynamo-electric machine starts to rotate the engine, and after the crank angular acceleration decreases as a rotational speed of the engine approaches a rotational speed of the dynamo-electric machine,
the determiner is programmed to further determine that the engine has started when the increments in the crank angular acceleration until an end of said certain period and until the end of a preceding certain period both exceed the standard value.

US Pat. No. 10,190,560

CAMERA BASED VEHICLE START-STOP FEATURE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A stop-start control system for a vehicle, said stop-start control system comprising:a camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view exterior and forward of the vehicle;
a control comprising an image processor operable to process image data captured by said camera;
wherein, responsive to image processing by said image processor of image data captured by said camera, said control determines the presence of a stopping area ahead of the vehicle and being approached by the vehicle; and
wherein, responsive to determination of the presence of the stopping area ahead of the vehicle and being approached by the vehicle, and responsive to determination that the driver of the vehicle releases the accelerator pedal of the vehicle, and while the vehicle is moving toward the determined stopping area, said control shuts off the engine so the vehicle coasts toward the determined stopping area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,559

HYBRID VEHICLE ENGINE STARTER CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system comprisingan engine;
an electric machine coupled to the engine and configured to start the engine from an inactive state; and
a controller in communication with the electric machine and programmed to execute:
a first control strategy while an output speed of the electric machine is less than a first speed threshold, including operating the electric machine using a trapezoidal current control algorithm with pulse width modulation;
a second control strategy while the output speed of the electric machine is greater than the first speed threshold and less than a second speed threshold, including operating the electric machine using a six-step voltage control strategy with a variable phase advance angle; and
a third control strategy while the output speed of the electric machine is greater than the second speed threshold, including operating the electric machine using a six-step voltage control strategy with a predetermined fixed phase advance angle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,557

FUEL INJECTOR MOUNTING DEVICE AND FUEL RAIL

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An injector mounting device comprising:a cup in a bottomed tubular shape and configured to receive an injector along an injector axis;
a bracket extended from a sidewall of the cup, wherein
the bracket includes at least one arm and a body,
the at least one arm connects the body with the cup,
the body forms a screw opening configured to receive a screw along a screw axis,
the body has a pivot end on an opposite side of the screw axis from the injector axis; wherein the body and the screw opening are asymmetric relative to the screw axis and the body is elongated on a side of the pivot end away from the injector axis, the body has an arm-side end connected with the at least one arm, the screw axis is at a distance L1 from the arm-side end, the screw axis is at a distance L2 from the pivot end, and the distance L2 is greater than the distance L1,
the bracket is in a U-shape,
the at least one arm includes two arms defining a gap therebetween,
the body is in a C-shape having two arm-side ends connected with the arms respectively,
the cup has a bottom end and the sidewall,
the sidewall has at least one key slot receiving one end of the at least one arm,
the at least one key slot is dented radially inward from a surface of the sidewall,
the at least one key slot is in a rectangular shape corresponding to a shape of one end of the at least one arm; and
a dampener is located in a gap between the arms.

US Pat. No. 10,190,556

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LUBRICATING A CRYOGENIC PUMP

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A cryogenic LNG fuel system comprising:a tank for storing LNG, the tank defining a chamber;
a LNG fill system including a LNG inlet passage in communication with the tank for directing a flow of LNG into the chamber;
a cryogenic pump in fluid communication with the chamber, the cryogenic pump including a pumping element at least partially immersed in the LNG, the pumping element including a plunger adapted for reciprocating movement in a barrel chamber adapted to receive LNG so as to produce a pumping action that directs the LNG from the barrel chamber out of the tank, the pumping element including a seal arranged between the plunger and an inside wall of the barrel chamber; and
a lubricant system including a lubricant reservoir for storing a supply of a lubricant, the lubricant reservoir being arranged external to the tank and the cryogenic pump, and a lubricant inlet passage in communication with the lubricant reservoir and the LNG inlet passage, the lubricant system being adapted to introduce the lubricant via the lubricant inlet passage into the flow of LNG in the LNG inlet passage such that at least a portion of the lubricant is entrained in the LNG in the LNG inlet passage and carried into the tank wherein the lubricant lubricates the pumping element and the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,555

ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electromagnetic valve, comprising:a coil;
a valve body;
a projection part;
a fixed core; and
a movable core configured to open the valve body, wherein
a surface treatment having a predetermined thickness is disposed on each facing surface of the fixed core and the movable core,
an outer peripheral flat part, an outer peripheral taper part, an R-shaped part having a curved surface, a flat part, and an inner peripheral taper part are formed, in that order, from an outer peripheral side on the movable core,
the flat part is tangentially connected to the curved surface of the R-shaped part, and
a further taper part, which:
is immediately adjacent to the inner peripheral taper part,
is inclined at a larger angle than the inner peripheral taper part,
is provided at an inner diameter side of the inner peripheral taper part.

US Pat. No. 10,190,553

PUMPING UNIT FOR FEEDING FUEL, PREFERABLY DIESEL FUEL, FROM A STORAGE TANK TO AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pumping unit for feeding fuel from a storage tank (2) to an internal combustion engine (3), the pumping unit comprising:a high-pressure pump (6) for feeding the fuel to the internal combustion engine (3);
a pre-feed pump (7) for feeding the fuel from the storage tank (2) to the high-pressure pump (6);
a transmission shaft (36, 42) for actuating operation of the high-pressure pump (6) and the pre-feed pump (7), the transmission shaft (36, 42) comprising a first portion (36) extending through a pump body (8) of the high-pressure pump (6) and a second portion (42) extending through a pump body (37) of the pre-feed pump (7); and
a hydraulic circuit (46) for connecting together the storage tank (2) and the internal combustion engine (3), the hydraulic circuit (46) comprising a first branch (47) for connecting together the storage tank (2) and the pre-feed pump (7), a second branch (48), which connects together the pre-feed pump (7) and the high-pressure pump (6), and extends through the pump body (8) of the high-pressure pump (6) so as to lubricate the first portion (36) of the transmission shaft (36, 42), a third branch (49) for connecting together the high-pressure pump (6) and the internal combustion engine (3), and a fourth branch (55) for discharging into the storage tank (2) fuel leaks resulting from lubrication of the first portion (36) of the transmission shaft (36, 42); wherein the fourth branch (55) is also connected to an intake (37a) of the pre-feed pump (7) so as to lubricate the second portion (42) of the transmission shaft (36, 42) with the fuel of the fourth branch (55);
wherein the pump body (37) of the pre-feed pump (7) comprises a tubular support bush (41) engaged rotatably by the second portion (42) of the transmission shaft (36, 42); the fourth branch (55) extending through the pump body (8) of the high-pressure pump (6) so as to be connected to the tubular support bush (41).

US Pat. No. 10,190,550

CONDENSATE DISPERSION ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A condensate dispersion assembly comprising:an intake manifold operatively configured to transfer air from an intake passage to a combustion chamber;
a throttle body actuated by a throttle actuator, the throttle body being affixed to the intake manifold at an intake opening of the intake manifold;
a dispersion device affixed to the intake manifold and having an outlet disposed within the intake manifold and an inlet disposed outside of the intake manifold;
a movable valve disposed within the dispersion device; and
a charge air cooler coupled to the throttle body via the intake passage and coupled to the intake manifold via a hose and the dispersion device;
wherein the movable valve is configured to move from a first closed position to a second open position when the intake manifold pressure falls below the atmospheric pressure due to the atmospheric pressure urging the movable valve to the second open position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,548

HEAT SHIELDING STRUCTURE FOR INTAKE SYSTEM FOR ENGINE OF MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A heat shielding structure for an intake system for an engine of a motorcycle in which a cylinder is tilted frontward, the heat shielding structure comprising:a throttle unit provided above the cylinder; and
a heat shielding sheet provided between the cylinder and the throttle unit,
the heat shielding sheet protecting the throttle unit from radiation heat of the cylinder, wherein
the throttle unit includes: a throttle body having a throttle valve therein; a sensor provided to the throttle body; and an intake pipe configured to connect the throttle body and an intake port of the engine,
the heat shielding sheet includes an intake pipe insertion hole through which the intake pipe is inserted, and
the heat shielding sheet extends between the cylinder and the throttle unit, and is configured to block the radiation heat from the cylinder to the throttle unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,545

FUEL-SAVING DEVICE

1. A fuel-saving device for treating a fuel, comprising:at least one pyroelectric element that is to be in contact with the fuel and that includes a polymer substrate and a plurality of polarized pyroelectric particles dispersed in said polymer substrate, said polarized pyroelectric particles having infrared absorption peaks at wavenumber ranging from 430 cm?1 to 980 cm?1 and from 1600 cm?1 to 2700 cm?1.

US Pat. No. 10,190,544

SUPERCHARGER WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

19. A supercharger system comprising:a supercharger intake section to receive intake air;
an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) port to receive exhaust gas from an engine;
a supercharger outlet to port at least one of the intake and the exhaust gas to the engine; and
a flap delimited circumferentially by an edge, and pivotable about an axis running transversely with respect to the supercharger intake section;
wherein the flap has a first position to block flow from the supercharger intake section, and a second position to cover the EGR port and open the supercharger intake section, the flap having a flow modification element on one &de thereof to add a transverse flow component to an intake flow at least when in the second position, the flow modification element extending into the supercharger intake section and engaging the supercharger intake section when the flap is in the first position, the flow modification element outside of the supercharger intake section when the flap is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,541

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE WATER INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:injecting water into distinct engine locations responsive to each of an engine dilution demand and an engine cooling demand; and
correcting a total water injection amount based on feedback from an exhaust oxygen sensor operating in a variable voltage mode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,540

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM, SCRAMJET ENGINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A fuel supply system, comprising:a fuel reforming section configured to pyrolyze a hydrocarbon fuel by heat of a combustion chamber of a scramjet engine to generate a reformed fuel and cool the combustion chamber,
wherein the fuel reforming section comprises:
a preheat vaporization section including a first fuel channel which is provided along an upper surface of the combustion chamber and configured to heat the hydrocarbon fuel with heat from the combustion chamber; and
a decomposition reaction section, including a second fuel channel containing a reforming catalyst for pyrolysis, the second fuel channel being configured to pyrolyze the heated hydrocarbon fuel received from the first fuel channel of the preheat vaporization section with the reforming catalyst to generate the reformed fuel,
wherein the second fuel channel of the decomposition reaction section is in parallel to the first fuel channel of the preheat vaporization section,
wherein an upper surface of the first fuel channel of the preheat vaporization section contacts a lower surface of the second fuel channel of the decomposition reaction section,
wherein the fuel reforming section supplies the reformed fuel to the combustion chamber, and
wherein the reforming catalyst includes a zeolitic catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,190,539

INLET FLOW RESTRICTOR

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

11. An air-breathing engine for a hypersonic vehicle, the engine comprising:a converging inlet having a fixed cowling, a throat in fluid communication with the cowling, and a conformal restrictor recess formed in the cowling; and
a flow restrictor movable between a stowed position and a fully deployed position; wherein
a consistent gap is formed around an entire circumference of a periphery of the flow restrictor between the periphery of the flow restrictor and an inner surface of the cowling such that a difference between a first cross-sectional area of the cowling and a third cross-sectional area of the flow restrictor is approximately equal to a second cross-sectional area of the throat and the inlet has an internal contraction ratio of approximately 1:1 with the flow restrictor in the fully deployed position; and
the flow restrictor is stowed within the conformal restrictor recess in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,538

THRUST REVERSER DEVICE

1. A thrust reverser device for a turbojet engine of an aircraft comprising:a movable cowl;
translating cascades connected to the movable cowl and displaceable between a direct jet position where the translating cascades are retracted in a fan casing, and an indirect jet position where the translating cascades are brought out of the fan casing;
a mast configured to connect the turbojet engine to the aircraft; and
a front suspension configured to suspend the turbojet engine from the mast,
wherein the translating cascades have a sliding connection with the mast via at least one spacer mounted to a sidewall of the mast downstream of the front suspension,
wherein said at least one spacer comprises fixed cascades.

US Pat. No. 10,190,537

ENGINE AND BAND CLAMP

MRA Systems, Inc., Balti...

1. A turbofan engine comprising:a fan assembly;
a fan casing surrounding the fan assembly and having a first radial flange;
a thrust reverser having a second radial flange; and
a band clamp coupling the first and second radial flanges to connect the thrust reverser and the fan casing;
wherein the band clamp comprises at least one latch for tightening the band clamp relative to the first and second radial flanges to generate a compressive force and a band, the band is formed of cables which include redundant cable sets that are configured to prevent asymmetrical loading, and a body having grooves to retain the redundant cable sets; and
wherein the redundant cable sets comprise inner and outer cable sets that are both centered relative to the band body.

US Pat. No. 10,190,536

TURBINE EXHAUST CASE MIXER OF GAS TURBINE WITH VARIABLE THICKNESS

1. A mixer of a bypass turbine aeroengine for mixing exhaust gases discharged from a turbine exhaust case with a bypass air stream, the mixer defining a central axis and extending between an upstream end of the mixer and a downstream end of the mixer and comprising: a circumferentially endless upstream portion of a sheet metal including the upstream end, the sheet metal of the circumferentially endless upstream portion having a first thickness being constant along an entire length of the circumferentially endless upstream portion, a circumferentially endless downstream portion of a sheet metal including the downstream end, the sheet metal of the circumferentially endless downstream portion having a second thickness being constant along an entire length of the circumferentially endless downstream portion and being less than the first thickness, circumferential inner and outer flow surfaces extending between the upstream and downstream ends of the mixer, the circumferential inner and outer flow surfaces having a wavy configuration to form a plurality of lobes extending downstream from a location in the circumferentially endless upstream portion and terminating at the downstream end, each of the plurality of lobes defining an internal passageway along the circumferential inner flow surface for the exhaust gases flowing through the mixer and each adjacent pair of the plurality of lobes defining therebetween an external passageway along the circumferential outer flow surface for the bypass air stream flowing through the mixer, and a weld joint located within the wavy configuration and extending circumferentially between the circumferentially endless upstream and downstream portions and joining an upstream section and a downstream section of each of said plurality of lobes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,534

TWO-CYCLE ENGINE

MARUYAMA MFG. CO., INC., ...

1. A two-cycle engine comprising:a cylinder having a bore section of a cylindrical shape and a combustion chamber connected continuously to one side of the bore section in an axial direction;
a crankcase arranged on the other side of the cylinder in the axial direction and having a crank chamber connected continuously to the other side of the bore section; and
a piston arranged in the bore section and being reciprocally movable along the axial direction between the combustion chamber and the crank chamber,
wherein the piston has a crown portion opposed to the combustion chamber and a peripheral wall portion of a cylindrical shape provided continuously from the crown portion and extending along a bore surface of the bore section, wherein an interior space of the piston is at least partially formed by an inner side of the crown portion and the peripheral wall, the peripheral wall being provided with at least one through hole penetrating completely through the peripheral wall portion into the interior space of the piston,
wherein the cylinder is provided with at least one scavenging passage having a first opening being open in the bore surface and configured to make the bore section and the crank chamber communicate with each other, and at least one communication passage having a second opening being open in the bore surface on the other side with respect to the first opening and configured to make the bore section and the scavenging passage communicate with each other,
wherein the second opening is located at a position corresponding to the through hole of the piston in a circumferential direction of the bore section,
wherein the cylinder and the piston are configured so that the through hole overlaps the second opening to communicate with the communication passage at least in a partial interval of a scavenging stroke in which the first opening becomes open in the bore surface on the one side of the piston with reciprocal motion of the piston, the scavenging passage additionally in communication with the interior space of the piston via the through hole and the communication passage, when the through hole overlaps the second opening via the through hole and the communication passage, when the through hole overlaps, and
wherein the scavenging passage includes a pair of suction-side scavenging passages arranged away from each other in the circumferential direction of the bore section, and a pair of exhaust-side scavenging passages arranged away from each other in the circumferential direction of the bore section and arranged on an exhaust port side with respect to a suction-side scavenging passages.

US Pat. No. 10,190,531

WATER JACKET FOR A CYLINDER HEAD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A water jacket for a cylinder head, the water jacket comprising: a coolant inlet provided near exhaust port holes of a cylinder head to concentrate a flow of a coolant to the coolant inlet; a coolant passage configured to allow the coolant flowing in through the coolant inlet to flow around the exhaust port holes; a first partition wall provided between exhaust port holes of a cylinder and neighboring exhaust port holes of a neighboring cylinder; a second partition wall provided between intake port holes of the cylinder and neighboring intake port holes of the neighboring cylinder; and a passageway communicating with the coolant passage, the passageway provided between an end portion of the first partition wall and an end portion of the second partition wall such that the coolant flows through the passageway, wherein the first and second partition walls begin along a border of the cylinder head and extend towards each other and towards a middle of the water jacket in which the passageway is only a space in between the two partition walls and is in the middle of the cylinder head; and wherein the end portion of the first partition wall is formed in a shape being bent toward a coolant outlet of the coolant passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,529

MARINE ENGINES HAVING CYLINDER BLOCK COOLING JACKET WITH SPACER

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A marine engine comprising:a cylinder block having a plurality of cylinders;
a cooling jacket formed in the cylinder block and defining a cooling jacket passage configured to convey cooling fluid alongside the plurality of cylinders, the cooling jacket having a top end and a bottom end;
a ledge formed in the cylinder block, the ledge radially extending the cooling jacket passage at a location closer to the bottom end than the top end; and
a spacer disposed in the cooling jacket passage and supported by the ledge so that the spacer remains spaced apart from the bottom end, thereby maintaining a lower cooling passage between the spacer and the bottom end;
wherein the spacer comprises an elongated body and a plurality of legs that extend upwardly from the elongated body and maintain the elongated body in a seated position with respect to the ledge; and
wherein the body comprises a series of cylindrical sections that are inwardly curved so as to follow an outer curvature of the plurality of cylinders, and wherein the plurality of legs are interdigitated amongst the series of cylindrical sections and extend only towards the top end of the cooling jacket from a juncture between adjacent cylindrical sections in the series of cylindrical sections.

US Pat. No. 10,190,527

CONTROL SYSTEM OF COMPRESSION IGNITION TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system of a compression ignition type internal combustion engine comprising a fuel injector arranged in a combustion chamber and an electronic control unit controlling a fuel injection action from the fuel injector, a main injection fuel injected from the fuel injector being ignited by a premixed charge compression ignition, whereinsaid electronic control unit is configured to start an injection of the main injection fuel from the fuel injector within a range of crank angle from 10 degree before the compression top dead center to 10 degree after the compression top dead center and make a smaller amount of auxiliary injection fuel than the main injection fuel be injected from the fuel injector before the main injection fuel to ignite the auxiliary injection fuel by the premixed charge compression ignition,
said electronic control unit is further configured to control an injection timing of the auxiliary injection fuel to an injection timing whereby the premixed charge compression ignition of the main injection fuel is caused by a heat generated by the premixed charge compression ignition of the auxiliary injection fuel after a start of injection of the main injection fuel,
wherein a target compression ignition timing of the auxiliary injection fuel for causing the premixed charge compression ignition of the main injection fuel at a predetermined timing is set in advance between a time of the completion of injection of the main injection fuel and the compression top dead center or between a time of the start of injection of the main injection fuel and a time of the completion of injection of the main injection fuel, and
said electronic control unit is configured to determine the injection timing of the auxiliary injection fuel so that a time period from when the auxiliary injection fuel is injected to when a crank angle reaches said target compression ignition timing becomes constant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,526

ALTERNATING CURRENT DRIVE FOR ACTUATORS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. Method for providing consistent actuator events for each of a plurality of consecutive actuator events of an electromagnetic actuator, comprising:applying a first bi-directional current waveform for a first actuator event, the first bi-directional current waveform applying current in a first direction when the actuator is commanded to an actuated position and applying current in a reversed second direction when the actuator is commanded to a rest position comprising applying current in the reversed second direction until a respective peak current effective to cancel out effects of induced eddy currents is achieved whereafter the current in the reversed second direction is reduced and maintained to a respective value effective to counter residual magnetic flux; and
applying a second bi-directional current waveform for an immediately subsequent second actuator event to the first actuator event, the second bi-directional current waveform applying current in the reversed second direction when the actuator is commanded to an actuated position and applying current in the first direction when the actuator is commanded to a rest position comprising applying current in the first direction until a respective peak current effective to cancel out effects of induced eddy currents is achieved whereafter the current in the first direction is reduced and maintained to a respective value effective to counter residual magnetic flux.

US Pat. No. 10,190,525

METHOD OF CALCULATING AN ANGULAR POSITION OF A CRANKSHAFT DURING A FUEL INJECTION EVENT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of controlling an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:calculating an angular position of a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine at the occurrence of a previous fuel injection event, with an engine controller, from the equation

wherein ?inj is the angular position of the crankshaft at the occurrence of the previous fuel injection event, L2=?02?P(?)·(3?2?4??)d?, L1=?02?P(?)·(2??2?)d?, P(?) is a fuel pressure data stream within a fuel rail of the internal combustion engine relative to the angular position of the crankshaft during the previous fuel injection event, and ? is the angular position of the crankshaft; and
adjusting a fuel injection timing of a future fuel injection event, with the engine controller, based on the calculated angular position of the crankshaft at the occurrence of the previous fuel injection event, so that the future fuel injection event occurs at a desired angular position of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,523

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING PARTICULATE MATTER PRODUCED BY AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine fueling method, comprising:increasing a fraction of port injected fuel injected to a cylinder of an engine at an engine speed and load, and decreasing a fraction of fuel directly injected to the cylinder at the engine speed and load in response to an increase in particulate matter stored in a particulate filter; and
adjusting a port fuel injection abort angle in response to the increase in particulate matter stored in the particulate filter, the abort angle a crankshaft angle where an end of a port fuel injection window occurs, the fuel port injection window having a different crankshaft angle duration than that of a port injected fuel pulse width supplying fuel to the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,522

HYBRID PARTIAL AND FULL STEP QUADRATIC SOLVER FOR MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF DIESEL ENGINE AIR PATH FLOW AND METHODS OF USE

The Regents Of The Univer...

1. A method for controlling an internal combustion engine having, within an air path of the engine, a variable geometry turbine (VGT), an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, and an EGR throttle, the method comprising:formulating a constrained optimization problem for a model predictive control (MPC) controller controlling the air path based on a linear model, one or more constraints, and associated pre-computed dual space and primal space matrix arrays, the linear model comprising a convex, quadratic, time-varying cost function in dual and primal space, and each array associated with a unique active set list comprising a first combination of the one or more constraints;
solving the constrained optimization problem to determine a solution;
updating the constrained optimization problem with an updated active set list;
repeating the solving and formulating steps until all possible active set lists of the one or more constraints are satisfied to generate a requested optimized VGT lift and a requested optimized EGR valve flow rate, each of which meets the one or more constraints, to control the air path, wherein:
the requested optimized VGT lift responsive to an engine intake manifold pressure is generated by controlling the VGT, and
the requested optimized EGR valve flow rate responsive to an EGR rate is generated by controlling the EGR valve and the EGR throttle; and
implementing the solution with respect to the air path.

US Pat. No. 10,190,521

DETERMINATION OF NITROGEN OXIDE CONCENTRATION IN ENGINE EXHAUST GAS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a turbocharger configured to pressurize an intake airflow and an exhaust after-treatment (AT) system including an AT device configured to reduce a concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOX) in an exhaust gas generated by the engine, comprising:operating the engine with a variable high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and low-pressure EGR split in the intake airflow;
determining the concentration of NOX in the exhaust gas;
determining a current high-pressure EGR to low-pressure EGR split in the intake airflow;
determining an EGR corrective factor using the determined current high-pressure EGR to low-pressure EGR split;
applying the determined EGR corrective factor to the determined concentration of NOX in the exhaust gas to generate a corrected concentration of NOX; and
regulating operation of the AT system to treat the exhaust gas via the AT device in response to the generated corrected concentration of NOX.

US Pat. No. 10,190,519

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine that includes a turbocharger, and an actuator that is configured to change a turbocharging pressure by regulating exhaust energy for use in drive of the turbocharger, and can select a stoichiometric operation by a theoretical air-fuel ratio, and a lean burn operation by a lean air-fuel ratio that is larger than the theoretical air-fuel ratio, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory including at least one computer program, the at least one memory and the at least one computer program configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the control device at least to operate as:
switching means for switching an operation mode of the internal combustion engine from the lean burn operation to the stoichiometric operation when a target torque increases during execution of the lean burn operation;
determination means for determining whether the increased target torque is within a range of a torque that is realizable under the lean air-fuel ratio, when operation mode switching is performed by the switching means in a turbocharging state in which the turbocharging pressure is higher than an atmospheric pressure; and
operation means for operating the actuator to keep the turbocharging pressure at a magnitude that is equal to or larger than a magnitude at a time point at which the operation mode is switched by the switching means, until the operation mode is switched to the lean burn operation again after the operation mode switching is performed, when the determination means determines that the increased target torque is within the range.

US Pat. No. 10,190,518

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING THE CURRENT STATE OF THE BATTERY AND FOR CONTROLLING THE START-STOP FUNCTION ACCORDINGLY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus, comprising:a current sensor that detects a current value of a battery; and
a processing device that suppresses initiation of idling stop control in a vehicle non-stop state with a vehicle speed higher than 0, in the case where an abnormal state of the battery is detected based on an output signal of the current sensor in the vehicle non-stop state, wherein
the processing device initiates the idling stop control in the case where predetermined initiation conditions, including the vehicle speed being at or lower than a predetermined vehicle speed, are satisfied, and the processing device sets the predetermined vehicle speed as a first value in the case where the abnormal state of the battery is not detected, and sets the predetermined vehicle speed as a second value smaller than the first value in the case where the abnormal state of the battery is detected, and
the processing device, during stop of the engine by the idling stop control, restarts the engine in the case where predetermined termination conditions are satisfied, and the processing device sets the predetermined vehicle speed, which has been set as the second value when the abnormal state of the battery is detected, as the first value following the restart of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,517

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for an internal combustion engine, in which a NOx absorbing catalyst and a NOx concentration sensor for detecting a NOx concentration in exhaust gases of said engine, are provided in an exhaust passage of said engine, wherein said NOx absorbing catalyst absorbs NOx in the exhaust gases when the exhaust gases are in an oxidizing state while said NOx absorbing catalyst reduces the absorbed NOx when the exhaust gases are in a reducing state, and said NOx concentration sensor is disposed downstream of said NOx absorbing catalyst,said exhaust gas purifying apparatus comprising enriching means for performing a rich spike in which an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture supplied to said engine is temporarily enriched to make the exhaust gases be in the reducing state, said enriching means determining an execution timing of the rich spike based on a detected output from said NOx concentration sensor,
wherein said enriching means includes change tendency determining means for determining a change tendency of the detected output;
determines that it is unnecessary to perform the rich spike during a reducing state period from the time the rich spike ends to the time a preset time period has elapsed;
begins the determination by said change tendency determining means at an end timing of a period of the reducing state; and
determines that it is unnecessary to perform the rich spike when the change tendency is determined to be an output decreasing state where the detected output is decreasing,
wherein said enriching means determines the execution timing of the rich spike using the detected output when the change tendency is determined to be an output staying/increasing state where the detected output is staying at a constant value or increasing after the end timing of the reducing state period.

US Pat. No. 10,190,516

METHOD OF FEEDFORWARD TURBOCHARGER CONTROL FOR BOOSTED ENGINES WITH MULTI-ROUTE EGR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. Method to control an exhaust gas recirculation system having a high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop and a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, an air throttle system, and an air charging system in an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:monitoring desired operating target commands for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the air throttle system, and the air charging system;
monitoring operating parameters of the air charging system;
determining a feedback control signal for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the air throttle system and the air charging system based upon the corresponding desired operating target commands and the operating parameters of the air charging system;
determining a high pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow in the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, low pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow in the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, an air flow in the air throttle system and a turbine power transfer ratio in the air charging system based upon the corresponding feedback control signals for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop the air throttle system and the air charging system;
determining a system control command for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the air throttle system, and the air charging system based on said high pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow, said low pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow, said air flow and said turbine power transfer ratio; and
controlling the air charging system based on said system control commands.

US Pat. No. 10,190,515

FUEL VAPOR FLOW ESTIMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A control system of a vehicle, comprising:a fuel vapor canister that traps fuel vapor from a fuel tank of the vehicle;
a purge valve that, when open, allows fuel vapor flow into an intake system of an engine at a first location and that, when closed, prevents fuel vapor flow to the intake system of the engine;
a boost device of the intake system is configured to receive air from an air filter and pump air into the engine of the vehicle,
wherein the first location is between the air filter and the boost device;
an electrical pump configured to receive fuel vapor from the fuel vapor canister and to pump fuel vapor to the purge valve; and
a purge control module configured to control opening of the purge valve and to determine a fuel vapor flow into cylinders of the engine based on: (i) a first pressure at the first location, (ii) a second pressure at a second location between the purge valve and the electrical pump, and (iii) at least one delay period between opening of the purge valve and fuel vapor reaching cylinders of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,509

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DUAL FUEL ENGINE

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of sensors coupled to a dual fuel engine; and
altering an actual speed of the dual fuel engine to obtain a predetermined air-fuel ratio in response to a changed operating condition of the dual fuel engine determined based on the plurality of signals, so as to maintain operation of the dual fuel engine between knock and misfire conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,493

EVALUATION OF THE DELIVERY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ENGINE PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS AND PRODUCTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A system for evaluating the delivery and effectiveness of engine performance products in removing carbon deposits from a test specimen with pre-defined carbon content, the system comprising:a test stand adapted for use with said test specimen, said test specimen in the form of a flat metallic surface that simulates an intake valve;
a motor driven shaft attached to said flat metallic surface, said shaft rotated by a motor within an airstream, the airstream introduced into a duct of a housing containing said flat metallic surface;
a heating source to heat said flat metallic surface;
a vacuum source that draws the airstream through said duct configured to simulate an engine intake manifold past said rotating flat metallic surface and out through an exhaust;
a set of electrical controls to control a set of system parameters of said test stand, where said set of system parameters simulate intake valve and combustion chamber conditions of an engine combusting gasoline; and
a graphical user interface and a set of computerized controls to configure and monitor the set of system parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,190,455

VENTURI DEVICES RESISTANT TO ICE FORMATION FOR PRODUCING VACUUM FROM CRANKCASE GASES

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A device for producing vacuum using the Venturi effect comprising:a housing defining a Venturi gap, a motive passageway converging toward the Venturi gap and in fluid communication therewith, a discharge passageway diverging away from the Venturi gap and in fluid communication therewith, a suction passageway in fluid communication with the Venturi gap, and a suction chamber housing the Venturi gap and into which a spout defining a discharge entrance or defining a motive exit protrudes a distance;
wherein the spout is disposed spaced apart from all sidewalls of the suction chamber for suction flow around the entirety of an exterior surface of the spout, wherein the exterior surface of the spout is generally frustoconical and converges inward within the suction chamber;
wherein the suction passageway has an interior surface with a surface topography that renders the interior surface hydrophobic and has an oleophobic coating applied to the interior surface while maintaining the surface topography.

US Pat. No. 10,190,451

COMPRESSION-RELEASE ENGINE BRAKE SYSTEM FOR LOST MOTION ROCKER ARM ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Pacbrake Company, Blaine...

1. A compression-release brake system for effectuating a compression-release engine braking operation in connection with an internal combustion engine comprising an engine cylinder that is associated with a four-stroke piston cycle comprising a compression stroke and an expansion stroke and is provided with at least one intake valve, at least one exhaust valve, and at least one exhaust valve return spring exerting a closing force on the exhaust valve to urge the exhaust valve into a seated state, the compression-release brake system comprising:a lost motion exhaust rocker assembly comprising a rocker arm;
an actuation piston comprising an actuation piston body slidably received by a first pocket of the rocker arm, the first pocket defining a piston cavity in the rocker arm, movable between a piston retracted position and a piston extended position, the actuation piston configured to be operatively associated with an exhaust valve to permit unseating of the exhaust valve from the seated state, the first pocket having an actuation piston port configured to supply pressurized fluid to move the actuation piston between the retracted position and the extended position; and
a reset device, received by a substantially cylindrical second pocket reset bore of the rocker arm, the reset device operatively associated with the first pocket through at least one connecting conduit, and comprising a reset check valve configured to move between a closed position and an open position to provide regulation of a fluid flow to and from the piston cavity, the reset device further comprising a reset pressure control spring for applying a biasing force to the reset check valve to urge the reset check valve toward the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,440

EMERGENCY SHUT-DOWN DETECTION SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan;
an IP compressor arranged aft of the fan:
an HP compressor arranged aft of the IP compressor;
a combustor arranged aft of the HP compressor;
an HP turbine arranged aft of the combustor and coupled to said HP compressor by an HP spool;
a bearing assembly comprising a bearing mounted on the HP Spool, the bearing assembly supporting an inner housing, an outer housing and a spring bar assembly arranged between the inner housing and the outer housing, the spring bar assembly having a plurality of circumferentially disposed spring bars configured to flex, the outer housing having a protrusion;
at least one electrical speed sensor arranged fore of said HP compressor and near the protrusion, the at least one electrical speed sensor operable to provide a compressor speed signal, said at least one speed sensor including an electrical continuity circuit operable to generate a continuity signal for the electrical speed sensor;
a controller having a number of inputs for receiving at least one measured engine parameter and a number of outputs for transmitting control signals for controlling engine operation variables, said controller including an input for receiving the speed signal and the continuity signal;
wherein when the HP spool fractures, the HP compressor generates a forward axial force to fracture the spring bars causing the protrusion to sever the at least one speed probe resulting in a simultaneous termination of the compressor speed signal and continuity signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,433

SHAFT SEALING MECHANISM

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A shaft sealing mechanism that, by being disposed in an annular space formed between a fixed part and a rotating shaft, partitions the annular space into a high-pressure-side region and a low-pressure-side region to prevent fluid from flowing from the high-pressure-side region toward the low-pressure-side region in the annular space in a direction of the rotating shaft, characterized in that the shaft sealing mechanism comprises:an annular seal housing disposed at an inner circumferential portion of the fixed part;
a plurality of thin-plate seal pieces stacked and disposed annularly in a circumferential direction of the rotating shaft, each of which has an outer-circumferential-side proximal end fixed to the seal housing, an inner-circumferential-side distal end being a free end and forming an acute angle with an outer circumferential surface of the rotating shaft, and a width dimension in the direction of the rotating shaft;
an annular high-pressure-side plate disposed between high-pressure-side side edges of the thin-plate seal pieces facing the high-pressure-side region and the seal housing so as to form a gap between the high-pressure-side plate and the seal housing in the direction of the rotating shaft, an inner-circumferential-side distal end of the high-pressure-side plate being positioned outward of the inner-circumferential-side distal ends of the thin-plate seal pieces in the radial direction of the rotating shaft; and
an annular low-pressure-side plate held between the seal housing and low-pressure-side side edges of the thin-plate seal pieces facing the low-pressure-side region so as to form a gap between the low-pressure-side side edges and the seal housing in the direction of the rotating shaft, an inner-circumferential-side distal end of the low-pressure-side plate being positioned outward of the inner-circumferential-side distal end of the high-pressure-side plate in the radial direction of the rotating shaft, wherein
each of the thin-plate seal pieces has a thick part circumferential-side distal end of the low-pressure-side plate in the radial direction of the rotating shaft and also outward of the inner-circumferential-side distal end of the high-pressure-side plate in the radial direction of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,403

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING AND VISUALIZING DRILLING EVENTS

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computer system, data indicative of a location of a first wellbore being drilled through a formation;
identifying, by the computer system, one or more offset wells within a scanned area of the formation in proximity to the location of the first wellbore as it is being drilled through the formation, based on the received data;
reading, by the computer system, data regarding a plurality of drilling events that had previously occurred with respect to the one or more offset wells identified within the scanned area as the first wellbore is being drilled, the read data including a distance of each identified offset well from the location of the first wellbore and a depth at which each drilling event occurred with respect to that offset well;
generating, by the computer system, a value indicative of a probability of occurrence of at least one drilling event in the plurality of drilling events for a planned path of the first wellbore to be drilled through the formation, based on the data regarding the plurality of drilling events;
adjusting the planned path of the first wellbore so as to reduce the probability of occurrence of the at least one drilling event, based on the generated value; and
drilling the first wellbore along the adjusted path through the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,190,400

SOLVENT INJECTION RECOVERY PROCESS

STATOIL ASA, Stavanger (...

1. A process for the recovery of hydrocarbons from a hydrocarbon bearing formation in which are situated an upper injection well and a lower production well, the method comprising the steps:preheating the region between the wells by circulating hot solvent through at least part of both of the wells until hydraulic communication between both wells is achieved;
injecting solvent into the upper injection well at or above its critical temperature, wherein the solvent is pentane or a mixture of butane and pentane, thereby:
i) creating a hot solvent chamber consisting of solvent vapour and liquid,
ii) mixing of the bitumen and the solvent at the boundary of the solvent chamber so formed, and
iii) causing a mixture of the hydrocarbon and solvent to drain downwards by gravity and sideways by pressure gradient towards the lower production well; and
producing the mixture to the surface through the lower production well.

US Pat. No. 10,190,393

DRILL STRING MOUNTABLE WELLBORE CLEANUP APPARATUS AND METHOD

Odfjell Well Services Nor...

9. A method of cleaning a well comprising the steps of:a) providing drill pipe joint having first and second connector end portions and a shaped portion in between the connector end portions;
b) mounting a support sleeve to the drill pipe joint in between the connector end portions;
c) attaching centralizers to the opposing ends of the support sleeve, each centralizer overlapping a portion of the support sleeve;
d) carrying one or more debris cleaning tools on the sleeve in between the centralizers, each tool enabling debris removal from a wellbore;
e) locking one or more clamps to the drill pipe joint, wherein the one or more locking clamps restricts the support sleeve from moving longitudinally along the drill pipe joint;
f) adding the drill pipe joint to a drill string; and
g) cleaning the wellbore with the drill pipe joint of steps “a” through “e”.

US Pat. No. 10,190,392

LANDFILL GAS WELLHEAD MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM

OptiRTC, Inc., Boston, M...

10. A method of managing landfill gases in a landfill, the method comprising:(a) receiving a first set of wellhead parameter values associated with a first wellhead;
(b) receiving a second set of wellhead parameter values associated with a second wellhead, the first and second wellheads being separate and distinct wellheads within the landfill;
(c) receiving external parameter values;
(d) receiving information regarding positions of first and second control valves of the first and second wellheads, respectively, wherein the positions of the first and second control valves have been set as a function of the external parameter values and a comparison of at least one of the first and second sets of wellhead parameter values to a respective wellhead threshold value; and
(e) determining whether the position of one of the first and second control valves should be changed to a new position as a function of the position of the other of the first and second control valves and, if so, sending a control signal comprising the new position to the respective control valve, and selectively modifying the position of the one of the first and second control valves based on the control signal,
wherein the external parameter values comprise data from at least one external resource predictive of weather conditions at the landfill.

US Pat. No. 10,190,391

VALVE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPLETION, STIMULATION AND SUBSEQUENT RE-STIMULATION OF WELLS FOR HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION

TRICAN COMPLETION SOLUTIO...

1. A valve for inclusion or insertion in a tubular, the valve comprising:a substantially cylindrical outer valve housing having radially extending side ports;
an inner sliding sleeve mounted axially movable inside the valve housing; and
a seat arranged for receiving a drop ball, dart or falling device for operating the valve,
wherein the seat is built in such a way that it can partially or completely be removed or drilled out from the valve by a drilling tool providing for restrictionless passage through the valve,
wherein the inner sliding sleeve further comprises a first or upper profile arranged at a first or upper end of the inner sliding sleeve and a second or lower profile arranged at a second or lower end of the inner sliding sleeve,
wherein the first or upper profile of the inner sliding sleeve and the second or lower profile of the inner sliding sleeve are configured to be engaged with an activating or shifting tool inserted and run in the tubular after the seat has been partially or completely removed or drilled out from the valve in order to operate the valve from an open to a closed position and/or vice versa,
wherein an inner wall of the valve housing comprises a first shoulder configured to retain the valve in an open position,
wherein the inner wall of the valve housing comprises a second shoulder configured to retain the valve in a closed position,
wherein the first or upper profile of the inner sliding sleeve is configured to be pulled or pushed by the activating or shifting tool in order to operate the valve from an open to a closed position, after the seat has been partially or completely removed or drilled out from the valve, and
wherein the second or lower profile of the inner sliding sleeve is configured to be pulled or pushed by the activating or shifting tool in order to operate the valve from a closed to an open position, after the seat has been partially or completely removed or drilled out from the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,190,381

VARIABLE RATIO ROTARY ENERGY CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BLOWOUT PREVENTER SAFETY DEVICE

HilFlo, LLC, Conroe, TX ...

7. A method of controlling the operation of a safety device of a blowout preventer, the safety device being operated by hydraulic fluid under pressure comprising:providing a source of fluid under pressure;
providing a variable ratio rotary energy controller connected between the source of fluid under pressure and the safety device; and
initiating the flow of fluid under pressure to the safety device of the blowout preventer through the variable ratio rotary energy controller,wherein the variable ratio rotary control device includes a variable displacement hydraulic motor having an input port and an outlet port, an output shaft connected to an input shaft of a variable displacement hydraulic pump, the pump including an inlet port and an outlet port, anddirecting fluid from the variable displacement hydraulic motor outlet port to the fluid inlet port of the variable displacement hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,190,376

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DOWNHOLE DEVICE

NXG Technologies Limited,...

26. A method of controlling a downhole device in an oil, gas or water well, the method comprising providing an apparatus comprising a body having a control slot and a pin on separate relatively movable components so that the slot engages the pin and the pin and slot are configured to be movable relative to one another, and moving the pin relative to the slot to switch the downhole device between active and inactive states,wherein the method comprises moving the pin in at least one loop of the slot wherein the at least one loop had a blind ended axial portion and defines different idling configurations of the pin and slot in which the device is inactive, and moving the pin in at least one elongated axial track of the slot,
wherein the at least one elongated axial track of the slot is arranged in the axial direction of the body and has a length in the axial direction longer than the blind ended axial portion,
wherein the at least one elongated axial track defines different configurations of the pin and slot which correspond to active and inactive configurations of the downhole device,
wherein the method comprises moving the pin from one of the at least one elongated axial track to one of the at least one loop via a deviate branch track,
wherein the slot has no separate, dedicate return path for returning the pin from the deviate branch track to the elongated axial track, and
wherein the method includes cycling the pin between the different configurations within the at least one loop without switching the pin from the at least one loop to one of the at least one elongated axial track.

US Pat. No. 10,190,373

BOTTOM-HOLE FEEDING MECHANISM

SCIENTIFIC AND PRODUCTION...

1. A bottom-hole feeding mechanism comprising:a cylinder (1),
a screw spindle (2) coupled to the cylinder (1) by a non-stopping splined screw pair (3) and movable within the cylinder (1) during a drilling process;
a first piston (6) received within the cylinder (1) and coupled with the screw spindle (2) and a hollow rod (8);
an axial spindle (4) arranged along the cylinder (1) axis, coupled to the cylinder (1) by an axial splined pair (5) and movable within the cylinder (1) during a drilling process; and
a second piston (7) rigidly coupled with the axial spindle (4) and engaging the inner surface of the cylinder (1) and the outer surface of the hollow rod (8), wherein
the hollow rod (8), the first piston (6), the second piston (7) and the cylinder (1) form a closed chamber (9) comprising a throttle (10), a check valve (12) and hydraulic channels (11) on a body (21) of the check valve (12).

US Pat. No. 10,190,368

UNDERREAMER FOR INCREASING A WELLBORE DIAMETER

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

8. A downhole tool, comprising:a body defining an axial bore;
a control unit within the axial bore and the body, the control unit including:
a sensor adapted to receive a wireless signal;
a control electronic system coupled to the sensor and adapted to process the signal;
an electromagnetic activation system coupled to the control electronic system and adapted to move in response to the control electronic system processing the signal; and
a valve within the axial bore and coupled to the electromagnetic activation system, the valve having a first configuration obstructing fluid flow through the valve and a second configuration allowing fluid flow through the valve; and
a flow tube coupled to the valve and adapted to have fluid flow therethrough when the valve is in the second configuration, the fluid flowing along a radially inward path from the axial bore, through the valve, and into the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,190,365

HEADER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING RETRACTABLE SCREENS

MDM Enterprises, Inc., E...

1. A method for installing a built-in retractable screen unit in a structure being built by a builder, wherein the structure being built by the builder includes a building frame and interior and exterior wall surfaces installed over the building frame, wherein the screen unit comprises a retractable screen panel deployable from a roll inside a housing, the housing having first and second ends, the screen panel having first and second side edges and a leading bottom edge, the screen unit including first and second side tracks to receive the first and second side edges of the screen panel when the screen unit is installed in the structure, the method comprising:after the builder has constructed the building frame and before the builder installs the interior and exterior wall surfaces over the building frame, installing a header assembly, the header assembly comprising first and second end boxes, each of the end boxes having a bottom with track receiving opening;
installing a first header having first and second ends, each of the first and second ends sized to be received inside the first or second end box;
installing the side tracks of the screen unit so that one end of each of the side tracks opens into the track receiving openings in the bottoms of the end boxes and so that the side tracks will be positioned between the interior and exterior wall surfaces when the interior and exterior wall surfaces are installed by the builder;
wherein the installed header assembly and side tracks form a screen cavity sized to receive the retractable screen unit;
after the builder has completed the interior and exterior wall surfaces over the frame around the screen cavity, installing the screen unit inside the header assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,190,364

HORIZONTAL BLIND AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING HORIZONTAL BLIND

TACHIKAWA CORPORATION, T...

1. A horizontal blind comprising:a head box;
a plurality of ladder cords suspended from the head box, each of the ladder cords having first and second warp threads and a weft provided between the two warp threads at each of a plurality of rungs of the ladder cords;
a plurality of slats each supported by the weft at each respective rung of the ladder cords; and
a plurality of lifting and lowering cords suspended from the head box, wherein each of the plurality of slats is configured to be turned by operating a ladder cord of the plurality of ladder cords and capable of being lifted or lowered by lifting or lowering the plurality of lifting and lowering cords,
wherein the weft at each rung of the ladder cords is formed of first and second weft threads, only one intersecting portion is formed by the first and second weft threads, wherein the slat is inserted into a space which is formed between the first and second weft threads, at a location between the intersecting portion and the first warp thread, and at least one of the lifting and lowering cords is inserted into a space which is formed between the first and second weft threads at a location between the intersecting portion and the second warp thread,
wherein the first weft thread is located above the second weft thread on the first warp thread, and the second weft thread is located above the first weft thread on the second warp thread.

US Pat. No. 10,190,354

ACTUATOR DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATING THE VEHICLE DOOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

U-SHIN DEUTSCHLAND ZUGANG...

1. An actuator device for automatically activating a vehicle door of a motor vehicle, comprising:an electromotive drive and an arm attached to either the vehicle door or a vehicle bodywork and wherein the arm is configured to be set in motion by the electromotive drive to open or close the vehicle door,
wherein the arm extends radially with respect to a rotation axis of the electromotive drive, said electromotive drive comprising an electrical motor and a gearbox driven by the motor,
wherein the gearbox comprises a wobble mechanism,
wherein the gearbox is coupled directly to an overload shaft,
wherein the overload shaft is rotationally attached to an output shaft via a friction ring inserted between the output shaft and the overload shaft, the output shaft being coupled directly to the arm, and
wherein when torque values of the actuator device, which are exerted on either the overload shaft or the output shaft, are beyond a predetermined value, the friction ring slides in rotation with one of the overload shaft and the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,353

AUTOMATIC DOOR INSTALLATION

Ensota (Guangzhou) Techno...

17. An automatic door installation configured to determine the presence of an obstacle in one or more detection zones remote from a door opening, said automatic door installation comprising:at least a first door slidable in a door opening along a horizontal axis between an open position to a closed position;
at least one transmitter for transmitting electromagnetic energy along a transmitter axis such that an intensity of the electromagnetic energy is greatest along the transmitter axis and reduces at angles away from the transmitter axis;
at least one receiver for receiving electromagnetic energy along a receiver axis such that a sensitivity of the receiver to electromagnetic energy is greatest along the receiver axis and reduces at angles away from the receiver axis;
wherein the transmitter axis and the receiver axis are angularly disposed to each other;
wherein the transmitter and the receiver are not positioned at the same height;
wherein at least one of the transmitter and receiver is coupled to the first door such that the transmitter and the receiver move away from each other when the first door is being opened; and
wherein during closing of the first door the transmitter axis and the receiver axis overlap to define a detection zone that includes area not directly between the transmitter and the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,190,341

DOOR OUTSIDE HANDLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A door outside handle apparatus comprising:a first base to which a handle lever connected with a first side of a handle grip is coupled;
a second base which is coupled with a hinge portion mounted at a second side of the handle grip and separately formed from the first base, and is pivotally movable toward an inside of a door with respect to the first base when a crash occurs; and
a connection member pivotally connecting the first base and the second base together and facilitating pivotal movement of the second base with respect to the first base when the crash occurs,
wherein a first side of the first base is coupled with the first side of the handle grip, a first side of the second base is coupled with the hinge portion, and the connection member pivotally connects a second side of the first base and a second side of the second base, such that the second base is separated from the hinge portion mounted at the second side of the handle grip when the second base pivots with respect to the second side of the first base when the crash occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,190,340

SMART HANDCUFFS AS PART OF A PERSONAL-AREA NETWORK

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A device for preventing detained persons from escaping public-safety officers, the device comprising:handcuffs for securing a detained person;
a transceiver integrated with the handcuffs and configured to scan for a first plurality of personal-area network (PAN) system identifications from a plurality of PANs;
a database, stored in a computer-readable memory integrated with the handcuffs, comprising a plurality of permissible PAN system identifications;
logic circuitry integrated with the handcuffs and configured to determine if any of the first plurality of PAN system identifications are within the plurality of permissible PAN system identifications stored in the database; and
an alarm integrated with the handcuffs and configured to sound when no system identification is detected by the transceiver or when none of the first plurality of PAN system identifications detected by the transceiver are determined to be within the plurality of permissible PAN system identifications stored in the database.

US Pat. No. 10,190,336

MAGNETICALLY ACTIVATED DOOR-LOCK DEVICE

BITRON S.P.A., Turin (IT...

1. A door-lock device for a household appliance, said door-lock device comprising:a mechanical unit, provided with a movable member capable of assuming a releasing position in which the movable member allows for opening of a door, and a locking position, for retaining said door in a closed position, and
a control unit for connection with control logic of said household appliance, the control unit comprising a locking pin capable of assuming at least one position in which the locking pin is disengaged from said movable member, and an extracted position, in which said locking pin is capable of engaging with said movable member when the movable member is in said locking position, said movable member being capable to pass from said locking position to said releasing position when said locking pin is disengaged from said movable member,
wherein said control unit further comprises:
an electromagnet having a solenoid that is electrically powered to change a polarity of said solenoid, said electromagnet being provided with an air gap,
a switching assembly comprising a magnet, said switching assembly being arranged in said air gap, and being capable of assuming a first and a second position, according to the polarity of a magnetic field in said air gap, generated by said solenoid, said switching assembly comprises a container, laterally provided with a relief,
said switching assembly further comprising a container, laterally provided with a relief, and said locking pin has a guide, substantially “S”-shaped, in which said relief of said container is slidingly inserted such that rotation of said switching assembly between its first and second positions causes a translation of said locking pin between the at least one position in which the locking pin is disengaged from the movable member and the extracted position, and
an activation switch for controlling a power supply load, wherein said locking pin is kinematically constrained to said switching assembly, such that when said switching assembly is in said first position, said locking pin is disengaged from said movable member of said mechanical unit, and when said switching assembly is in said second position, said locking pin is in said extracted position, causing a closure of said activation switch.

US Pat. No. 10,190,313

CONSTRUCTION BLOCK SYSTEM

1. A construction block system comprising:A) a plurality of primary blocks each having first and second longitudinal walls with upper and lower surfaces and kept at parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other and further including first, second and third transversal walls each having upper and lower surfaces and extending perpendicularly to said first and second longitudinal walls to define first and second cavities, and each of said first and second longitudinal walls including first and second rectangular walls, respectively, extending outwardly and having smaller dimensions than said first and second longitudinal walls thereby defining first, second, third and fourth peripheral edge walls perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal walls and each of said first, second and third transversal walls upper and lower surfaces further including each a pair of aligned channels and said primary blocks abuttingly coacting with each other to form a structure;
B) a plurality of primary half blocks each having third and fourth longitudinal walls kept at a parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other and fourth and fifth transversal walls extending perpendicularly to said third and fourth longitudinal walls defining a third cavity and each of said third and fourth longitudinal walls including third and fourth rectangular walls, respectively, extending outwardly and having smaller dimensions than said third and fourth longitudinal walls thereby defining fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth peripheral edge walls perpendicular to said third and fourth longitudinal walls, each of said fourth and fifth transversal walls having upper and lower surfaces that include a pair of aligned channels each and said primary half blocks coacting with said primary blocks to complement said structure;
C) at least one base alignment and leveling tool that includes two rails mounted on a plurality of transversal members walls and said rails kept at a parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other, said rails being cooperatively received by said channels of said transversal walls lower surfaces resting on a supporting substantially horizontal surface, said transversal members include a centrally located through hole for cooperatively receiving a location fastening member that passes through penetrating and engaging said supporting surface and said transversal members thereby securing said base alignment and leveling tool at a predetermined location, said transversal members further including at least two threaded openings and corresponding leveling bolts that are matingly passed therethrough to coact with the supporting surface to level said base alignment and leveling tool and the abutting primary and primary half blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,190,306

ANTI-OSCILLATION VALVE

Jay R. Smith Manufacturin...

1. A trap primer for maintaining water levels in a drain trap in a building having a building water supply line, the trap primer comprising:a supply line connection configured for coupling to the building water supply line;
an anti-oscillation valve comprising:
a body having a water supply bore provided therethrough, the bore including portions defining an inlet and an outlet, the inlet being coupled to the supply line connection;
a first bore shoulder formed in the bore;
a filter screen retained engaged on the first bore shoulder;
a second bore shoulder formed in the bore;
an anti-oscillation valve disc freely resting on the second bore shoulder, the anti-oscillation valve disc having a valve disc orifice defined therethrough and communicating the inlet with the outlet; and
the anti-oscillation valve disc being retained between the first bore shoulder and the second bore shoulder; and
a chamber coupled to the outlet of the anti-oscillation valve;
a valve located in the chamber, the valve being moveable between a first position preventing water flow to the drain trap and a second position permitting water to flow to the drain trap.

US Pat. No. 10,190,302

SANITARY CLEANSING DEVICE

TOTO LTD., Fukuoka (JP)

1. A sanitary cleansing device for spraying cleansing water to an ano-genital region of a human body seated on a toilet seat to cleanse the ano-genital region, comprising:a nozzle assembly provided with a spray port through which the cleansing water is sprayed obliquely upward from a back side to a front side of the seated human body;
a motor configured to drive the nozzle assembly such that a water splash point of the cleansing water sprayed from the spray port moves on the human body in at least two directions including a front-to-back direction and a right-to-left direction;
an operation device operated by a user to start spraying of the cleansing water from the spray port; and
a control unit configured to actuate, based on operation of the operation device, the motor to execute a massage cleansing mode,
wherein the massage cleansing mode is a cleansing mode for repeating a predetermined massage cleansing cycle in which a turning movement pattern and a first movement pattern are alternately repeated,
wherein in the turning movement pattern, the water splash point of the cleansing water sprayed from the spray port is turned around a periphery of an ano-genital region position of the seated human body,
wherein the first movement pattern includes a front-to-back movement pattern or a vibration spot movement pattern wherein each repeated first movement pattern is selected from the group consisting of a front-to-back movement pattern, a vibration spot movement pattern, and combinations thereof,
wherein in the front-to-back movement pattern, the water splash point is moved through the ano-genital region position in the substantially front-to-back direction of the human body, and
wherein in the vibration spot movement pattern, the water splash point is reciprocated in the front-to-back direction of the human body in a stroke shorter than that of the front-to-back movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,190,295

FAUCET

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A faucet comprising:a water outlet for discharging water;
a detector that detects a detection target in a detection area containing a water discharge area in which the water discharged from the water outlet is present; and
a controller operably connected to the detector and the water outlet and that starts and ends supply of the water discharged from the water outlet based on a detection result of the detector,
the detector including
a sensor that sends a radio wave signal and receives the radio wave signal reflected by an object to output a sensor signal corresponding to motion of the object,
a frequency analyzer that applies orthogonal transform to the sensor signal to convert the sensor signal into a frequency domain signal, and extracts, by use of a group of individual filter banks with different frequency bands, signals of the individual filter banks from the frequency domain signal,
a recognizer that performs a recognition process of detecting that the object corresponds to the detection target based on detection data containing at least one of a frequency distribution of signals based on the signals of the individual filter banks and a component ratio of signal intensities based on the signals of the individual filter banks, and
a database device that stores sample data containing at least one of a frequency distribution corresponding to the detection target and a component ratio of signal intensities corresponding to the detection target, and the recognizer performs the recognition process based on comparison between the detection data and the sample data.

US Pat. No. 10,190,287

INDUSTRIAL MACHINE COMPONENT DETECTION AND PERFORMANCE CONTROL

Joy Global Surface Mining...

1. A method of controlling operation of an industrial machine, the method comprising:receiving a signal from each of a plurality of identification tags, the signal received from each of the plurality of identification tags being specific to a respective one of a plurality of components installed in the industrial machine;
identifying, using a processor, the plurality of components that is installed in the industrial machine based on the signal received from each of the plurality of identification tags;
comparing, using the processor, the identified plurality of components that is installed in the industrial machine to a predetermined list of components that is expected to be installed in the industrial machine; and
modifying a setting of at least one operating parameter when the identified plurality of components that is installed in the industrial machine matches the predetermined list of components that is expected to be installed in the industrial machine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,281

SECTIONAL MODULAR LARGE-DEFORMATION-RESISTANT IMPACT-RESISTANT COMPOSITE ROCK BOLT AND ITS ASSEMBLING METHOD

1. A sectional modular large-deformation-resistant impact-resistant composite rock bolt, wherein the composite rock bolt is divided into an outer anchor module and an inner anchor module; whereinsaid outer anchor module comprises
a set of anchor tubes,
anchor piers between the anchor tubes, and
an outer anchor end, wherein
the set of anchor tubes include a head anchor tube, several central anchor tubes and a tail anchor tube;
each of said anchor piers is connected with the anchor tubes at two ends through threads, and an assembly between two adjacent anchor piers is called an anchorage section;
said outer anchor end includes
an anchor plate,
a preloading spring,
an anchor ring and a nut; wherein
said anchor ring is connected with the tail anchor tube through threads;
the preloading spring is disposed on a shaft portion of the anchor ring having a smaller diameter than a head portion of the anchor ring and secured against an outer surface of the anchor plate;
under pressure of the preloading spring, an inner surface of the anchor plate is pressed tightly against a surface of a surrounding rock and an outer end surface of the anchor ring is secured against the nut;
said inner anchor module, located inside enclosed space formed by the outer anchor module, includes
a threaded rod,
anchor piers,
inner anchor springs and
baffle rings, wherein
said anchor piers and inner anchor springs are disposed the threaded rod;
one end of the inner anchor spring is set in a spring groove on an edge of a center hole of the anchor piers, and the other end of the inner anchor spring is retained on the threaded rod by said baffle rings, the baffle rings and the threaded rod are connected through threads; a locking rubber ring is set at one end of each said baffle ring and nut, respectively, to prevent them from moving in the direction of spring extension;said outer anchor module and inner anchor module are connected through the outer anchor end.

US Pat. No. 10,190,279

PILE FOR AN OFFSHORE MONOPILE TYPE FOUNDATION STRUCTURE

INNOGY SE, Essen (DE)

1. A pile for an offshore monopile type foundation structure comprising:an elongate cylindrical steel tube comprising a first length with a first wall thickness, and a second length with a second wall thickness, wherein the first wall thickness is different from the second wall thickness, and
wherein the second length comprises several reinforcement ribs extending longitudinally and equally spaced apart from each other over the entire second length.

US Pat. No. 10,190,278

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A JACK UP VESSEL

Electronic Power Design, ...

1. A jack up rig control system comprising:a jack up processor in data communication with each one of a plurality of gear_box motors over a first unidirectional data link for sending speed reference data to the plurality of gear box motors on a jack up rig leg to raise and lower the jack up rig leg;
a second unidirectional data link for receiving load data from a sensor on each one of the gear box motors at the jack-up rig processor from the plurality of gear_box motors on the jack up rig leg;
a computer program stored in a computer readable medium comprising instructions that are executed by the jack-up rig processor, the computer program comprising:
instructions to determine that one of the plurality of gear box motors on the jack-up rig leg is not working; and
instructions to distribute a load on the jack-up rig leg, between the remaining gear_box motors on the jack-up rig leg.

US Pat. No. 10,190,274

CONNECTING DEVICES

Lindsay Transportation So...

1. A roadway barrier apparatus comprising, in combination:a first barrier section having a first barrier section end including a first barrier section upper protrusion with an upper connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion and a first barrier section lower protrusion with a lower connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion, said first barrier section upper protrusion and said first barrier section lower protrusion being spaced from one another with the connecting device receiving portion of said upper connecting region of the first barrier section upper protrusion positioned above the connecting device receiving portion of said lower connecting region of the first barrier section lower protrusion, said connecting device receiving portions being openings;
a second barrier section having a second barrier section end including a second barrier section upper connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion and a second barrier section lower protrusion with a lower connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion, said second barrier section upper protrusion and said second barrier section lower protrusion being spaced from one another with the connecting device receiving portion of said upper connecting region of the second barrier section upper protrusion positioned above the connecting device receiving portion of said lower connecting region of the second barrier section lower protrusion, said connecting device receiving portions of the first and second barrier sections being openings, the upper protrusion of said first barrier section and the upper protrusion of the second barrier section being in overlapping relationship and the lower protrusion of said first barrier section and the lower protrusion of said second barrier section being in overlapping relationship, with the openings of said overlapping first and second barrier sections upper and lower protrusions located along a common vertical axis; and
a connecting device including an elongated member and engaging elements attached to said elongated member, projecting outwardly therefrom in substantially the same direction and spaced from one another, said connecting device positionable in said openings and movable between a lower position wherein said engaging elements engage the openings of the overlapping upper and lower protrusions of both said first barrier section and said second barrier section to maintain said first and the second barrier sections in alignment and an upper position wherein said engaging elements are removed from said openings whereby said first barrier section and said second barrier section may be pivoted about the elongated member;
the openings in the upper and lower protrusions of the first and second barrier sections each comprising a slot having a bulbous semi-circular end for receiving the elongated member and wherein the openings in the upper protrusions enable a lower one of the engagement elements to be inserted and pass therethrough, said slot of the upper and lower protrusions of the first barrier section extending from said bulbous semi-circular end thereof being narrower than said bulbous semi-circular end thereof and terminating at an open mouth portion end, the slot of the upper and lower protrusions of the second barrier section extending from said bulbous circular end thereof being narrower than the bulbous semi-circular end thereof and terminating at a closed end, said slots of the the lower position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,259

PNEUMATIC DUST HOOD WITH PLUG PREVENTER

Brunn Air Systems, Inc., ...

1. A pneumatic hood, comprising:a hood body having an outlet;
an elongate, open inlet provided in one face of the hood body and extending substantially the entirety of a width of the hood body, the inlet being much wider than it is high;
an inlet flap hingedly connected to and contiguous with the hood body to define a central portion of the inlet, the inlet flap extending over only a portion of the width of the inlet;
one or more actuators coupled to the inlet flap to move the inlet flap so as to selectively and temporarily increase the size of the central portion of the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,190,254

SKIN MATERIAL

Seiren Co., Ltd., Fukui ...

1. A skin material comprising a closed cellular heat-insulating layer and a coloring layer which are sequentially stacked on a fibrous substrate, wherein the skin material has unevennesses on a front face, the closed cellular heat-insulating layer has a softening temperature of 110° C. to 250° C., and a contact cool feeling (Qmax) of the front face of the skin material is 0.30 W/cm2 or less both before and after a heat treatment for 2400 hours at 70° C., and wherein the closed cells of the closed cellular heat-insulating layer consist of closed cells obtained by mixing a resin serving as a matrix with hollow particles forming the closed cells of the cellular heat-insulating layer, the hollow particles consist of expanded polymeric microcapsules, and each of closed cells consists of a respective one of the expanded polymeric microcapsules, and the matrix has a softening temperature of 110° C. to 250° C., and a glass transition point of ?100° C. to 50° C., and a resin that forms outer shells of the hollow particles has a softening temperature of 110° C. to 250° C., and a glass transition point of 50° C. to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,190,253

NANOPARTICLE TREATED FABRICS, FIBERS, FILAMENTS, AND YARNS AND RELATED METHODS

ATTOSTAT, INC, Salt Lake...

1. A nanoparticle treated fibrous article, comprising:a fibrous article selected from a fabric, fiber, filament, or yarn; and
a plurality of exposed, nonionic, spherical-shaped metal nanoparticles free of angled edges or external bond angles,
the metal nanoparticles being formed through a laser-ablation process,
at least a portion of the metal nanoparticles being silver nanoparticles that provide effective microbial control without significant release of toxic silver ions, and
the metal nanoparticles being non-covalently affixed to the fibrous article through Van der Waals forces, without electrostatic forces, without being embedded within a fiber, filament, or yarn of the fibrous article, and without being encapsulated within a polymer or adhesive coating,
wherein the metal nanoparticles remain affixed to the fibrous article when exposed to one or more of water, soap, a surfactant, or a solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,190,247

WALL-MOUNTED DRUM WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR SENSING MOUNTING ABNORMALITY AND FALL THEREOF

Dongbu Daewoo Electronics...

1. A wall-mounted drum washing machine which includes a buffer member interposed between a through-hole and a wall surface, a rear panel mounted on the wall surface through a fastening member inserted through the through-hole, a tub containing wash water and supported by the rear panel, and a box unit coupled to the rear panel and surrounding the tub, comprising:a sensor configured to sense a contact state between the rear panel and the wall surface;
a control unit configured to determine a mounting abnormality of the drum washing machine, based on the sensed contact state;
a power supply unit configured to control power supply according to the determination result of the control unit; and
a nut member coupled to the fastening member for fixing the rear panel to the wall surface,
wherein the sensor is configured to sense the contact state between the rear panel and the wall surface when the nut member is loosened and moved.

US Pat. No. 10,190,229

INTERIOR PLATING AND AUTOMATED SURFACE-DEPOSITION SYSTEM

OCEANIT LABORATORIES, INC...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of modular segments flexibly attached to one another; and
sources of electrical power and plating and coating solutions;
wherein the plurality of modular segments comprise:
a drive stage configured to push the plurality of modular segments along a surface;
a plating stage configured to apply the plating solution to the surface; and
a surface treatment application stage configured to apply the coating solution to the surface, which will cure to form a final coating on the surface that is resistant to corrosion and buildup.

US Pat. No. 10,190,227

ARTICLES COMPRISING AN ELECTRODEPOSITED ALUMINUM ALLOYS

Xtalic Corporation, Marl...

1. An article comprising:an electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy, wherein the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy comprises an average grain size less than approximately 1 micrometer, wherein at least a portion of the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy has a thickness that is greater than approximately 40 micrometers, wherein a ductility of the entire portion of the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy is between approximately 2% and 40%, and wherein the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy comprises between approximately 1 atomic percent manganese to approximately 20 atomic percent manganese.

US Pat. No. 10,190,225

ELECTRODEPOSITED COPPER FOIL WITH LOW REPULSIVE FORCE

CHANG CHUN PETROCHEMICAL ...

1. A method for manufacturing electrodeposited copper foil comprising:(a) preparing a copper sulfate electrolyte solution with a chlorine ion concentration of 20 ppm or less;
(b) performing an electrochemical reaction on the copper sulfate electrolyte solution using a current density of about 80 A/dm2 or less to yield a bare copper foil; and
(c) processing the bare copper foil to yield the electrodeposited copper foil, so that the electrodeposited copper foil has:
(i) a lightness L* value of a nodule untreated side, based on the L*a*b color system, in the range of 75 to 90;
(j) a normal tensile strength in the range of 40 kgf/mm2 to 55 kgf/mm2; and
(k) a degree of curl, as measured by the lamination curl test, is in the range of 0.45 mm to 3.0 mm;
wherein the processing comprises a surface treatment process.

US Pat. No. 10,190,215

FLUIDIZED BED PYROCARBON COATING

On-X Life Technologies, I...

1. A system to coat substrates with a coating of uniform thickness comprising:substrates of similar asymmetrical shape to be coated, and
a container confining the substrates in a generally static orientation with one another such that the substrates are collectively positioned evenly about a central core of the container;
wherein the container is configured to allow each substrate to: (a) randomly tumble in a flowing gaseous stream based on the generally static orientation of the substrates in the container; (b) pivot about an axis of the respective substrate, (c) jiggle during the random tumbling so the respective substrate is not in constant contact with any other substrate or any portion of the container; and (d) receive a coating of generally uniform thickness on generally all portions of the respective substrate based on the random tumbling.

US Pat. No. 10,190,192

METHOD OF RECOVERING ACID AND PLATINUM GROUP METAL FROM LEACHING SOLUTION OF SPENT CATALYST

KOREA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCI...

1. A method of recovering acid and a platinum group metal from a leaching solution of a spent catalyst, the method comprising:filtering a leaching solution, in which a spent catalyst is leached, providing the filtered leaching solution into a concentration chamber, and heating the filtered leaching solution to recover acid included in the leaching solution;
providing a concentrated solution of the leaching solution into a substitution chamber after recovering the acid, and adding a metal having a higher ionization tendency than a platinum group metal for a substitution reaction; and
cleaning a solid, which is separated by solid-liquid separation after the substitution reaction, with acid and recovering the solid,
wherein the metal added when the substitution reaction is performed includes at least one selected from the group consisting of iron, aluminum and zinc.

US Pat. No. 10,190,165

HONEYCOMB TUBE

Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA (...

1. A method comprising:providing a reaction tube, wherein the reaction tube comprises a planar frame defining a fluidic path including a well chamber comprising a plurality of wells between a first planar substrate and a second planar substrate, wherein the planar frame extends between a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a fluidic interface disposed along the first end of the reaction tube, the fluidic interface comprising a fluidic inlet and a fluidic outlet of the fluidic path;
introducing a liquid sample through the fluidic inlet of the fluidic interface of the reaction tube and advancing the liquid sample along the fluidic path via application of pressure to the fluidic inlet or the fluidic outlet of the fluidic interface;
filling a pre-amplification chamber of the fluidic path with the liquid sample by advancing the liquid sample along the fluidic path, the pre-amplification chamber being an enlarged portion of the fluidic path disposed along the fluidic path between the fluidic inlet and the well chamber so as to allow amplification of the liquid sample in the pre-amplification chamber before entering the well chamber and filling the plurality of wells;
filling the well chamber along the fluidic path with the liquid sample by further advancing the liquid sample along the fluidic path thereby depositing the fluid liquid sample within a plurality of wells of the well chamber; and
evacuating at least a portion of the liquid sample from the well chamber outside of the plurality of wells via application of pressure to the fluidic inlet or the fluidic outlet of the fluidic interface such that at least some of the liquid sample remains deposited within the plurality of wells.

US Pat. No. 10,190,157

MODIFIED NUCLEOTIDE LINKERS

Illumina Cambridge Limite...

1. A nucleoside or nucleotide covalently attached to a fluorophore through a linker, wherein said linker comprises a structure of formula (I) or (II), or combination of both:
wherein
R1 is optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
R2 is hydrogen or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
R3 is optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, —NR5—C(?O)R6, or —NR7—C(?O)—OR8;
R4 is hydrogen or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
each R5 and R7 is independently hydrogen or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
each R6 and R8 is independently optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
each of the methylene repeating unit in

 is optionally substituted;
X is methylene (CH2), oxygen (O), or sulfur (S);
m is an integer of 0 through 20;
n is an integer of 1 through 20; and
p is an integer of 1 through 20.

US Pat. No. 10,190,147

FAST DETECTION OF THE PRESENCE OF A TARGET MICROBE IN A LIQUID SAMPLE

ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC...

1. A method comprising:holding a plurality of liquid samples prepared by adding an indicator configured to produce a characteristic change in light from the plurality of liquid samples when a target microbe metabolizes the indicator while the plurality of liquid samples is incubated, the plurality of liquid samples being held in a tray including a plurality of compartments partitioned one from another;
automatically sensing light from each of the plurality of liquid samples while the plurality of liquid samples is incubated; and
detecting the characteristic change in light from each of the plurality of liquid samples based on the sensed light from each of the plurality of liquid samples;
detecting a number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light from the plurality of liquid samples as the plurality of liquid samples is incubated;
determining whether the detected number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light exceeds a threshold number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light, the threshold number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light corresponding to a concentration of the target microbe within the liquid samples indicative of the presence of the target microbe; and
providing an indication that a presence of the target microbe has been detected based upon the determination,
wherein at an intermediate time interval prior to the end of the incubation period, the threshold number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light is a first threshold number associated with the intermediate time interval and the concentration of the target microbe is indicated by a number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light from a predetermined number of the plurality of liquid samples that exceeds the first threshold number,
wherein at the end of the incubation period, the threshold number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light is a second threshold associated with the entire incubation period and the concentration of the target microbe is indicated by a number of occurrences of the characteristic change in light from the plurality of liquid samples that exceeds the second threshold number.

US Pat. No. 10,190,114

LOW RESOURCE SAMPLE PROCESSOR CONTAINING HEAT-ACTIVATED SURFACE TENSION VALVES

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, N...

1. A method of processing a fluid sample comprising an analyte, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a device comprising a plurality of sequential chambers connected by tubing, each of said sequential chambers comprising a fluid and separated by plug material that is solid at temperatures below about 45° C., wherein a first reaction chamber of the plurality of sequential chambers comprises a magnetic or paramagnetic particle having a reactant on its surface;
(b) introducing into said first reaction chamber the fluid sample comprising the analyte;
(c) incubating said first reaction chamber under conditions sufficient to permit binding of said reactant with said analyte in said sample;
(d) heating said plug material in said device to a temperature above 45° C., thereby rendering at least a portion of said plug material into a liquid state, thereby forming a surface tension valve, wherein heating is performed by placing a heated magnet in proximity of said plug material;
(e) transporting said magnetic or paramagnetic particle from said first reaction chamber, into at least a second chamber of said plurality of sequential chambers through tubing disposed therebetween, wherein transporting comprises passing said magnet along said tubing to effect movement of said magnetic or paramagnetic particle; and
(f) detecting interaction of said analyte with said reactant by determining the presence or absence of said analyte in said second or a subsequent chamber of said plurality of said sequential chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,190,082

MULTIWELL PLATE

Seng Enterprises Ltd., L...

1. A multiwell plate comprising:a unitary structure including a plurality of wells and a plurality of picowells at the bottoms of the wells, wherein the picowells are formed of a transparent hydrogel and are transparent;
a transparent gel covering the plurality of hydrogel-formed picowells.

US Pat. No. 10,190,067

HIGH PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE HYDRAULIC FLUID

Washington State Universi...

1. A hydraulic fluid, comprising:one or more of a hydraulic environmental ester synthetic (HEES) and a hydraulic environmental triglyceride (HETG) at 10% to 85% by weight of the hydraulic fluid, wherein the one or more of HEES and HETG are or include natural and/or synthetic esters of at least one of vegetable-based and animal-based oils which are oleates;
a polyalphaolefin (PAO) at 1% to 40% by weight of the hydraulic fluid;
a polyalkylene glycol (PAG) at 1% to 40% by weight of the hydraulic fluid, wherein a ratio of PAO/PAG ranges from 0.2 to 5.

US Pat. No. 10,190,046

LUMINESCENT-SUBSTANCE MIXTURE, LIGHT-EMITTING SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT HAVING A LUMINESCENT-SUBSTANCE MIXTURE, AND STREETLAMP HAVING A LUMINESCENT-SUBSTANCE MIXTURE

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. A luminescent material mixture having a first luminescent material and a second luminescent material,wherein under excitation with blue light, an emission spectrum of the first luminescent material has a relative intensity maximum in a yellowish-green region of the spectrum at a wavelength of greater than or equal to 540 nm and less than or equal to 560 nm and an emission spectrum of the second luminescent material has a relative intensity maximum in an orange-red region of the spectrum at a wavelength of greater than or equal to 600 nm and less than or equal to 620 nm, and
the second luminescent material is selected from (Ca,Sr,Eu)AlSiN3.Si2N2O or (Ca,Sr,Ba,Eu)2Si5N8 with an Eu content of greater than or equal to 1% and less than or equal to 2.5%, with a Ba content of greater than or equal to 45% and less than or equal to 55% and with a Ca content of greater than or equal to 0% and less than or equal to 10%, wherein the Sr content is selected such that the sum of the Eu, Ba, Ca and Sr contents is 100%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,044

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ?-SIALON FLUORESCENT MATERIAL

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A method for producing a ?-sialon fluorescent material, comprising:providing a composition comprising a material represented by a formula: Si6-zAlzOzN8-z:Eu wherein z satisfies 0 heat-treating the composition in a rare gas atmosphere or in a vacuum; and
contacting the heat-treated composition with a fluorine-containing gas.

US Pat. No. 10,190,041

ENCAPSULATED POROUS PROPPANT

University of Utah Resear...

1. A proppant particle, comprising:a core having a plurality of inner pores;
a shell surrounding the core and including a plurality of shell pores, the shell pores being configured to house a treatment product capable of application to a subterranean formation; and
a polymer encapsulation layer surrounding the shell, the polymer encapsulation layer being permeable to the treatment product such that the treatment product is released over time to an exterior side of the polymer encapsulation layer, the polymer encapsulation layer including a microbial growth solution.

US Pat. No. 10,190,032

VISCOELASTIC SURFACTANTS IN MIXED BRINES

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

17. A method of finding of finding an optimal ratio of divalent brine to monovalent brine in a wellbore fluid including a viscoelastic surfactant, the method comprising:providing a mixture of viscoelastic surfactant and a monovalent brine;
adding a divalent brine in incremental values, wherein the initial amount of divalent brine to be added is based upon a packing parameter of the viscoelastic surfactant; and
measuring the rheological properties.

US Pat. No. 10,190,028

EPOXY TWO-PART FORMULATIONS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A resin composition for a two-part adhesive comprisinga) an epoxy compound having the formula
wherein each R? is independently hydrogen, methyl, ethyl, n-propyl or isopropyl;b) a polyurethane comprising an elastomeric portion including one or more soft segments selected from a polyether, a polybutadiene or polyester soft segment, the soft segment or segments each having a molecular weight of 1000 to 10,000 daltons, the polyurethane having an average of 2 to 4 isocyanate groups capped with a polyphenol;
c) a core shell rubber epoxy dispersion comprising core shell rubber particles having a rubbery core with a Tg of less than ?25° C. and a shell polymer polymerized from at least one lower alkyl methacrylate provided that up to 40% of the weight of the shell polymer can be formed from styrene, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride, methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate and butyl acrylate; wherein the core shell rubber particles are dispersed in an epoxy resin and
d) an alkyl diglycidyl ether comprising a linear C3-10 linear alkyl group that is glycidyl terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,999

RESIN COMPOSITION FOR COATING AGENT, MOLDED ARTICLE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

JNC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A resin composition for a coating agent, comprising:a silicon compound (a) represented by formula (I); and
a curable resin (b); and
in formula (I),
R1 is a C3 or C4 alkylene group,
X is a group represented by formula (II) having a urethane skeleton and having a (meth)acryloyl group at an end,
in formula (II),
R2 is hydrogen or a methyl group,
n is an integer of 0 or 1,
a molecular weight of the silicon compound (a) is 500 to 699,

US Pat. No. 10,189,990

POLY(PHENYLENE ETHER) COMPOSITION AND ARTICLE

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A composition comprising, based on the total weight of the composition:61 to 89 weight percent of a poly(phenylene ether);
3 to 10 weight percent of a polystyrene-poly(ethylene-butylene)-polystyrene triblock copolymer having a polystyrene content of 20 to 40 weight percent and a weight average molecular weight of 200,000 to 400,000 daltons;
6 to 12 weight percent of a flame retardant comprising an organophosphate ester; and
2 to 17 weight percent of an adhesion promoter selected from the group consisting of
(a) phenolic compounds having a molecular weight of 94 to 18,000 daltons;
(b) hydroxysilyl-terminated polydiorganosiloxanes of the formula

 wherein m is 2 to 50, and each occurrence of R1 is independently C1-C12 hydrocarbyl, provided that 5 to 60 mole percent of the occurrences of R1 are independently C6-C12 aryl; and
(c) combinations of the (a) phenolic compounds and the (b) hydroxysilyl-terminated polydiorganosiloxanes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,987

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire, provided with a tread formed from a rubber composition, the rubber composition comprising:a rubber component,
silica, and
a silane coupling agent represented by Formula (1) below,
the rubber component comprising, based on 100% by mass of the rubber component, 5% to 90% by mass of a conjugated diene polymer containing a constituent unit based on a conjugated diene and a constituent unit represented by Formula (I) below, wherein at least one terminal of the polymer is modified with at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by Formula (II) below, a compound containing a group represented by Formula (III) below, a compound represented by Formula (IV) below, a silicon compound containing at least one of a group represented by Formula (V) below or a group represented by Formula (VI) below, and a compound containing a group represented by Formula (VII) below,
the rubber composition comprising the silica in an amount of 5 to 150 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the rubber component, and
the rubber composition comprising the silane coupling agent represented by Formula (1) in an amount of 2 to 20 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of silica
(CpH2p+1O)3Si—CqH2q—S—CO—CkH2k+1  (1)wherein p represents an integer of 1 to 3; q represents an integer of 1 to 5; and k represents an integer of 5 to 12, andwherein Formulas (I) to (VII) are represented below:
wherein X1, X2, and X3 each independently represent a group represented by Formula (Ia) below, a hydroxy group, a hydrocarbyl group, or a substituted hydrocarbyl group, and at least one of X1, X2, and X3 is a hydroxy group or a group represented by the following Formula (Ia):wherein R1and R2each independently represent a C1-6 hydrocarbyl group, a C1-6 substituted hydrocarbyl group, a silyl group, or a substituted silyl group, and R1and R2may be bonded to each other to form a cyclic structure together with the nitrogen atom,wherein n represents an integer of 1 to 10; R11, R12, and R13each independently represent a C1-4 hydrocarbyl group or a C1-4 hydrocarbyloxy group, and at least one of R11 , R12, and R13 is a hydrocarbyloxy group; and A1 represents a nitrogen atom-containing functional group,wherein p represents an integer of 0 or 1; T represents a C1-20 hydrocarbylene group or a C1-20 substituted hydrocarbylene group; and A2 represents a nitrogen atom-containing functional group,wherein g represents an integer of 1 to 10; R21 represents a hydrogen atom, a C1-6 hydrocarbyl group, or a C1-6 substituted hydrocarbyl group; A3 represents an oxygen atom or the following group: —NR22— where R22 represents a hydrogen atom or a C1-10 hydrocarbyl group; and A4 represents a functional group containing at least one of a nitrogen atom or an oxygen atom,wherein w represents an integer of 1 to 11; and A5 represents a nitrogen atom-containing functional group.

US Pat. No. 10,189,982

CONTACTING COMPONENT AND STRUCTURE CONTAINING SAID CONTACTING COMPONENT

TECHNO POLYMER CO., LTD.,...

1. A contacting component comprising a molded article made from a thermoplastic resin composition (X) containing a vinyl graft polymer (A), a vinyl non-graft polymer (B) and a matting agent (C),wherein:
the vinyl graft polymer (A) contains an ethylene-?-olefin rubber polymer (a1).

US Pat. No. 10,189,965

PRODUCTION OF VISCOELASTIC POLYURETHANE SYSTEMS USING BLOCK POLYMERS HAVING BONDED SILOXANE BLOCKS AS CELL OPENERS

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A method of producing a polyurethane foam, said method comprising:foaming a mixture to provide said polyurethane foam, said mixture comprising at least one isocyanate component, at least one polyol component, a blowing agent component comprising water and optionally a physical blowing agent, a stabilizer, and an additive comprising siloxane block polymers of the average general formula (I):
MaM1bDcD1dTeQfGg
with

G are radicals, same or different, selected from the group consisting of:
(O1/2?nSiRm—CH2CHR3—R2—CHR3CH2—SiRm?O1/2)n,
(01/2)n—SiRm—CH2CHR3—R2—CR3?CH2, and
(O1/2?nSiRm—CH2CHR3—R2—CR3?CR3—CH3,
a=1 to 8,
b=1 to 8,
c=3-450,
d=1-30,
e=0-20,
f=0-20,
g=0.15 to 2,
where a+b?2, a+b+c+d+e+f+g=N, and N is ?11 and ?500, and b+d?1,
R are radicals, same or different, having 1-16 carbon atoms or aryl radicals having 6-16 carbon atoms or H or —OR3,
R1 are polyether radicals having a formula (II)

wherein
R4 are alkyl radicals, same or different, which have from 1 to 18 carbon atoms, and optionally have ether functions, or aryl radicals which have from 6-18 carbon atoms and optionally have ether functions, or H,
R5 are radicals, same or different, wherein R5 is selected from the group consisting of: R3, H, and —C(O)R3,
h is from 2 to 18,
i is from 0 to 40,
j is from 1 to 40,
k is from 0 to 40,
l is from 0 to 30,
wherein i+j+k+l?3,
R2 are divalent organic radicals, same or different, which have 2-20 carbon atoms and are optionally interrupted by ether, ester or amide functions or (—SiR2O—)n groups and optionally bear OH functions,
R3 are alkyl radicals, same or different, having 1-16 carbon atoms or aryl radicals having 6-16 carbon atoms or H,
n=independently 1 or 2,
m=independently 1 or 2,
m+n=3,
wherein said at least one polyol component has an average hydroxyl number, determined to DIN 53240-1:2012-07, of greater than 56 to less than 450 mg KOH/g, and wherein said polyurethane foam is produced at an isocyanate index of 65 to 108 and has an open cell structure,
wherein said bonded siloxane block copolymers of the average general formula (I) are present in an amount of from 0.001 to 10 parts by weight per 100 parts of said at least one polyol component, and
wherein said at least one polyol component is present in an amount from 25% to 80% by weight of said mixture, water is present in an amount from 1% to 5% by weight of said mixture, catalysts are present in an amount from 0.01% to 1% by weight of said mixture, said physical blowing agent is present in an amount from 0% to 50% by weight of said mixture, said stabilizer is present in an amount of up to 5% by weight of said mixture, said at least one isocyanate component is present in an amount from 20% to 60% by weight of said mixture, and said additive is present in an amount from 0.001% to 10% by weight of said mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,189,962

HEAT-SHRINKABLE POLYESTER FILM

TOYOBO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A heat-shrinkable polyester film comprising ethylene terephthalate as a main component, containing not less than 0 mol % and not more than 5 mol % of a monomer component capable of serving as an amorphous component relative to the total of a polyester resin component, and having a main shrinkage direction in a lengthwise direction, wherein the heat-shrinkable polyester film satisfies the following requirements (1) to (3):(1) the heat-shrinkable polyester film has a hot-water heat shrinkage rate in the lengthwise direction of not less than 15% and not more than 60% when being treated in hot water at 90° C. for 10 seconds;
(2) the heat-shrinkable polyester film has a hot-water heat shrinkage rate in a width direction orthogonal to the lengthwise direction of not less than ?10% and not more than 10% when being treated in hot water at 90° C. for 10 seconds; and
(3) the heat-shrinkable polyester film has an orientation distortion index that is a molecular orientation angle difference, the difference being a difference between a molecular orientation angle of an edge of one end in the width direction and a molecular orientation angle of an edge of the other end, per 1 m of the film of not more than 15°/m.

US Pat. No. 10,189,960

RUBBER VIBRATION DAMPING MATERIAL

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A vulcanized rubber comprised of polyisoprene uniformly crosslinked with a halogenated unsaturated polymer that is a reaction product of (i) an unsaturated polymer that is miscible with polyisoprene and has conjugated dienes that undergo a Diels Alder reaction and (ii) a polyhalogenated cyclopentadiene represented by:wherein X is a fluorine, chlorine or bromine and Y is fluorine, chlorine, bromine or alkoxy having 1 to 4 carbons.

US Pat. No. 10,189,950

POLYIMIDE-BASED POLYMER THICK FILM COMPOSITIONS

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

1. A polyimide-based polymer thick film composition comprising:(a) a non-fluorinated polyimide polymer with the structure I

wherein X is S(O)2 and Y is BAPP and;
(b) an organic solvent with the structure IV

wherein R1=CH3, R2=C(O)OCH3 and R3=H.

US Pat. No. 10,189,944

SURFACE MODIFICATION METHOD AND SURFACE-MODIFIED ELASTIC BODY

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A method for producing a catheter of a rubber vulcanizate or a thermoplastic elastomer, the method comprising:step 1 of forming polymerization initiation points on a surface of the catheter; and
step 2 of radically polymerizing a deliquescent monomer starting from the polymerization initiation points by irradiation with ultraviolet light having a wavelength within the range of 300 to 400 nm, to grow polymer chains on the surface of the catheter,
wherein the deliquescent monomer is at least one selected from the group consisting of alkali metal salt of acrylic acid, alkali metal salt of methacrylic acid, alkali metal salt of itaconic acid, alkali metal salt of 3-vinylpropionic acid, alkali metal salt of 2-sulfoethyl (meth)acrylate, alkali metal salt of 3-sulfopropyl (meth)acrylate, alkali metal salt of 2-acrylamide-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid, and a compound represented by the following formula (1)

wherein R11 represents —H or —CH3; X represents —O—, —NH—, or —N+—; m denotes an integer of one or more; and Y represents a zwitterionic or halogen group.

US Pat. No. 10,189,942

POLYORGANOSILOXANE, POLYCARBONATE-POLYORGANOSILOXANE COPOLYMER, AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

IDEMITSU KOSAN CO., LTD.,...

1. A polycarbonate-polyorganosiloxane copolymer, comprising:a polycarbonate block (A) comprising a repeating unit represented by the following general formula (I); and
a polyorganosiloxane block (B) comprising a repeating unit represented by the following general formula (II),
wherein the polyorganosiloxane block (B) has a value obtained by integrating dw/d log(M) from 2.5?log(M)?3.1 is 0 to 10% of a value obtained by integrating dw/d log(M) over the entire range of log (M) in a differential molecular weight distribution curve,
wherein the differential molecular weight distribution curve is determined by gel permeation chromatography using the polystyrene calibration curve, has an x-axis showing a logarithmic value log(M) of a molecular weight M and has a y-axis showing dw/d log(M) obtained by differentiating a concentration fraction w with respect to the logarithmic value log(M) of the molecular weight:

wherein, R9 and R10 each independently represents a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms; X represents a single bond, an alkylene group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an alkylidene group having 2 to 8 carbon atoms, a cycloalkylene group having 5 to 15 carbon atoms, a cycloalkylidene group having 5 to 15 carbon atoms, a fluorenediyl group, an arylalkylene group having 7 to 15 carbon atoms, an arylalkylidene group having 7 to 15 carbon atoms, —S—, —SO—, —SO2—, —O—, or —CO—; a and b each independently represents an integer of 0 to 4; R1 and R2 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; an average repeat number n in the range of 30 to 50 represents a sum of siloxane repeating units in the polyorganosiloxane block.

US Pat. No. 10,189,930

POLYMERIC PHOTOINITIATORS

ALLNEX BELGIUM S.A., Dro...

1. A radiation curable composition (A) comprising,(a) at least one photoinitiator compound of formula (I):

wherein Q is the residue of a hydroxy compound having 1 to 6 hydroxyl groups,
wherein x is a number that is at least 1 but no greater than the number of hydroxyl groups originally present in said hydroxy compound, and
wherein the hydroxy compound is a saturated hydroxy compound having 1 to 6 hydroxyl groups and is selected from the group consisting of an alkoxylated alcohol and a polyether; and
(b) at least one ethylenically unsaturated compound selected from the group consisting of monomers (b1) and oligomers (b2).

US Pat. No. 10,189,921

RADICAL POLYMERISATION OF ETHYLENE INITIATED BY A COUPLE OF ORGANIC PEROXIDES WITH HIGH PRODUCTIVITY

ARKEMA FRANCE, Colombes ...

1. A process for manufacturing polyethylene or an ethylene copolymer, comprising radical polymerization or copolymerization of ethylene in the presence:of a first peroxide polymerization initiator chosen from the diperketal peroxide compounds of formula:

wherein the R1, R2, R3, R6, R7 and R8 groups comprise substituted or unsubstituted, linear, branched or cyclic C1-C10 alkyl groups, and
of a second initiator, other than said first initiator, also comprising a diperketal peroxide of formula (I).

US Pat. No. 10,189,920

HYBRID SUPPORTED CATALYST SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PREPARING POLYOLEFIN USING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A hybrid supported catalyst system comprising;one or more organic chromium compounds and one or more metallocene compounds supported on a support,
wherein the organic chromium compound includes two or more of a group represented by the following Chemical Formula 1 in a molecule, phosphorous atoms (P) in one or more of the group represented by Chemical Formula 1 form a coordinate bond with chromium (Cr), and a linkage group (L) linking the two or more groups represented by the following Chemical Formula 1 via 4 to 8 carbon atoms is an aliphatic group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, a heteroaliphatic group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alicyclic group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, a heteroalicyclic group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, or a group prepared by linking two or more of the aliphatic group, the heteroaliphatic group, the alicyclic group, and the heteroalicyclic group:

wherein * is a part which binds to the linkage group (L) linking the two or more groups, and
R1 to R4 are each independently an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, or an alkoxyaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,189,916

TRANSITION METAL COMPOUND AND CATALYST COMPOSITION INCLUDING THE SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A transition metal compound of the following Chemical Formula 1:
wherein, in Chemical Formula 1,
M is a group 4 transition metal;
R is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, and an alkylaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms; or R and R1 are linked to each other to form an aliphatic ring having 3 to 20 carbon atoms or an aromatic ring having 5 to 20 carbon atoms including N;
R1 to R10 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen group, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryloxy group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, a silyl group and combinations thereof, or two or more adjacent functional groups among R1 to R10 are linked to each other to form an aliphatic ring having 3 to 20 carbon atoms or an aromatic ring having 6 to 20 carbon atoms;
R11 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, a silyl group, and a metalloid radical of a group 14 metal substituted with a hydrocarbyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
X1 and X2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a halogen group, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylamino group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylamino group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms and an alkylidene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
R, R1 to R11, X1 and X2 are each independently unsubstituted or substituted with one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of a halogen group, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, a haloalkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an arylalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylaryl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms and an aryloxy group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms;
n is an integer of 1 or 2, and when n is an integer of 2, R11's are the same as or different from each other; and
wherein a dashed line to the cyclopentadienyl ring represents an ?5-complex with the cyclopentadienyl ring, and a solid line to the cyclopentadienyl ring represents a ?-bond to a carbon of the cyclopentadienyl ring.